Criminal Justice Program Evaluation – CJUS 601

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course has two primary focuses. First, in today’s environment of Evidence Based Policing, proper program evaluation is necessary. This class builds the student’s skill set to conduct and understand criminal justice program evaluation. Second, as a sub-component of program evaluation and as a major component of CompStat, statistical analysis should be understood by the criminal justice leader. This course addresses the understanding of the measurement of crime.

Prerequisites

CJUS 500, 520, 530, 550

Rationale

The need for police leaders to understand basic statistical processes and pitfalls in order to create and assess programs and policy is crucial. This is a foundational course in the understanding of statistical information and processes. The student shall be able to call upon the lessons learned in this course in order to be better informed leaders. This skill is crucial in evidence-based policing.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze complex criminal justice programs.
  2. Design a criminal justice program.
  3. Compare various statistical measures salient to criminal justice leaders.
  4. Analyze statistical results in order to develop criminal justice action plans.
  5. Show how a Christian worldview can impact various criminal justice programs.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to write a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words. The thread must have a minimum of 2 references, and the replies must have a minimum of 1 reference. The references must be in current APA style, and the references must be reflected in the text (in-text citations) as well as at the end of each post. Discussion Board Forum threads and replies must be posted directly to the forum and not as an attachment; attachments will not be graded. Each reply must contain 1–2 sentences addressing issues, questions, or statements from a Christian worldview.

Policy Issue and Solution

The student will write a 12–15-page research-based paper in current APA format. The paper must focus on policy analysis in policing. The paper must include a minimum of 12 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. The student will submit a draft as well as a final version of the paper.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 14 multiple-choice questions as well as 1 essay question, and have a 1-hour time limit.