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Process – focused on how evaluation is done, the steps and procedures involved in designing and conducting an evaluation. Product



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Process – focused on how evaluation is done, the steps and procedures involved in designing and conducting an evaluation.

  • Product – the findings or judgement that are made as a result of doing an evaluation.

  • Purpose – the end use of evaluation, such as planning, policy making, and decision making.

    Types of Program Evaluation

    1. Program Evaluation – looks at whether or not the program has met its stated objectives.

    2. Process Evaluation – looks at how program activities are being performed.

    3. Impact Evaluation – attempts to measure changes in the organizational social-political environment that occurs because of the program.



    Reasons for failure to implement evaluation techniques

    1. Police administrators did not understand, or would not acknowledge, the advantage to be gained from comprehensive evaluation program.

    2. The policy reference and position of police administrators are translated into programs and they were not motivated to do anything that would discredit their stance.

    3. The allocation of resources to the staff function, on proper evaluation was often viewed as a lower priority than the allocation of resources to the line functions.

    4. A distrust of evaluation existed that was coupled with a preference for relying on subject judgment.

    5. Disfavorable evaluation were feared as a powerful too for outsider to citizen, the administrator personally, or the department, whereas favorable evaluations would not be accorded very much weight.

    6. Initiating evaluation and then using results involves commitment to being change oriented, and sheer organizational inertia was a frequent barrier.

    Special Procedures in Police Planning

    The following provides an orderly means for the development of plans;




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