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CJS 615 Program and Policy Evaluation in the Criminal Justice System

Students learn to read, understand, and conduct the types of program and policy evaluations that are typically used in criminal justice agencies. At the end of the course, the student will know the vocabulary, concepts, theories, and techniques related to program and policy evaluation well enough to implement their own evaluation projects. The student will participate in both designing and conducting actual program evaluations.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admission to Graduate Program or instructor's consent.
2 Graduate credits

Effective August 16, 2015 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Apply concepts and theories of program evaluation to real-life criminal justice programs.
  • Plan and conduct a full program evaluation, including conducting literature review, designing the evaluation, implementing it, and analyzing data.
  • Use program and policy evaluations to determine ¿what works¿ in specific criminal justice agencies.