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Why evaluate?

Tapia, Glenn A
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Restorative Justice in Action (Spring): 4. Denver, Colorado: Colorado Forum on Community and Restorative Justice. Downloaded 5 April 2004.

Beginning with the observation that evaluation results for restorative justice are scanty, Glenn Tapia asserts that there are genuine arguments for the practical application of evaluation of restorative justice. He cites a number of benefits of evaluation as identified by the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project Training Institute (which provides training in evaluation of restorative justice initiatives). Tapia then elaborates two of those benefits to emphasize their significance: (1) the determination of how well the needs of participants are met; and (2) the use of evaluation results to improve program planning and development.


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