ESI’s certified experts help your organization to conceptualize, build and implement a comprehensive program evaluation model that can be used to monitor program success. ESI offers measurement systems and methodologies that evaluate multiple sources of data and can be applied to various social service organizations. Our sample Program Evaluation Continuum (PEC) reveals a comprehensive example of program effectiveness that can be applied to your organization.
ESI will create the infrastructure for gathering meaningful outcome data as it relates to your organizations key goals. If an onsite process evaluation is conducted, the program will receive a detailed report describing strengths, areas for improvement and recommendations for program enhancement. The result: your organization reviews program evaluation data on a regular basis and uses this information to make sound decisions regarding resource allocation and operations.
ESI can design a program evaluation package to fit your unique organizational needs according to specific policies, procedures and protocols. In some cases, ESI will use standardized and nationally-normed instruments to gather program information. Examples of evaluation areas include but are not limited to:
- Safety and security for close custody and residential facilities
- Treatment compliance for residential facilities
- Alcohol and drug program certification
- Evidence-based practice principles (corrections setting)
- Organizational climate (staff and program participants)
Correctional program example: ESI experts conduct onsite program reviews to determine how well a variety of correctional programs adhere to the Principles of Effective Correctional Intervention – those program characteristics that research has shown to be correlated with a reduction in recidivism. Programs include close custody facilities, community residential programs, drug courts, and outpatient treatment providers that serve various populations (i.e. juvenile and adult, male and female, substance abuse clients, sexual offenders, violent offenders, etc.). Program reviews are conducted using nationally normed instruments and scores are generated using formal standardized criteria.