Office Of Justice Programs Technical Assistance And Training Program

Audit Report No. 04-40
September 2004
Office of the Inspector General

Appendix 5

Technical Assistance and Training Grants
Summary of Performance Measures - BJA

Purpose of GrantEvaluation MethodBased on the grantee's evaluation method, can the OJP measure program performance or impact?
American Prosecutors' Research Institute (APRI)
Provided grantees (who planned, implemented, and enhanced community prosecution programs), access to APRI support, expert guidance, and information in order to be successful in developing and implementing a more comprehensive criminal justice concept that fit their individual jurisdictions. Between January 14, 2000, and September 26, 2001, the OJP awarded the grantee a total of $2,061,559.Conducted surveys and provided evaluation forms to recipients.No36
Search Group, Inc.
Assisted courts in upgrading existing systems and in developing integrated systems with other courts and justice system agencies, as well as developing peer-to-peer support relationships among state court and justice system management information system (MIS) managers and directors. In addition, the grant allowed for a comprehensive program of technical assistance to aid non-automated courts. As of February 15, 2001, the grantee was awarded a total of $2,500,000 to provide technical assistance to improve the general level of knowledge and understanding of court information system management.Provided surveys to recipients to obtain feedback as to whether the technical assistance was useful.No
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
Provided training and technical assistance for jurisdictions that were developing, improving, or enhancing juvenile drug courts. As of September 30, 2001, the grantee was awarded a total of $2,904,655 to equip jurisdictions with the knowledge and skills to strengthen their efforts in providing effective treatment to juveniles by promoting the abilities and potential of the child, encouraging abstinence, and reducing recidivism.Provided evaluation forms to trainees to determine whether the training was useful. Provided recipients with surveys to rate the technical assistance.No
National American Indian Court Judges Association
Established an online resource for tribes by identifying and developing online tools and resources for daily support and technical assistance for tribal justice systems. Between March 2000 and September 2003, the grantee was awarded a total of $1,442,112 to implement and enhance online technical assistance.Program recipients were given the opportunity to evaluate the technical assistance or training services. Grantee will make changes to program based on evaluation results.No
Fund for the City of New York
Provided training and technical assistance to Drug Court Grant Program recipients and to the drug court field in general. Between September 1998 and February 2002, the grantee was awarded a total of $1,839,269 to host roundtable forums, develop and conduct educational courses, create and distribute printed material and publications, develop an Internet website, assist in developing drug court MIS, and conduct sit visits at the Brooklyn Treatment Court.Individual training program evaluation forms were completed on-site by participants. Staff reviewed and summarized comments and calculated average evaluation scores.No
Doe Fund, Inc.
Provided the paid work and job skills training portion of the Ready, Willing, and Able program to: 1) increase literacy, office, and computer skills to participants, 2) reduce drug use, 3) increase employment of participants, and 4) eliminate barriers to legal employment. Between July 1, 2001 and June 30, 2003, the grantee was awarded a total of $1,897,800.Grantee received feedback/evaluation from program users through monthly meetings held at housing facilities. Also, the residents can anonymously note concerns through a recommendation box located within the facility.No
Grantee's name withheld due to ongoing investigation.
Provided financial support, as well as training and technical assistance to community groups nationwide so that they would become more involved in crime prevention activities. Between April 5, 2000, and May 31, 2002, the grantee was awarded an initial grant and three supplementals totaling $3,162,580. Using about $1.7 million of those funds, the grantee entered into agreements with 36 sub-grantees across the country; the agreements ranged in value from $10,000 to $30,000 per year.Contracted with a consultant to provide an evaluation of the project. Occasionally solicited feedback from a narrow population of training conference attendees.No
Strategic Information Technology Center (University of Arkansas)
Created and established a Strategic Information Technology Center (Center). The Center contained two primary tracks: a Rural Law Enforcement Technical Assistance Enhancement Project, designed to provide rural law enforcement agencies with access to electronic resources, databases, and the Internet; and Project PATHFINDER, designed to create a strategic information technology plan to meet the nationally recognized lack of easy, guided access to centralized and categorized information, education, and technical assistance to all units of government.The grantee conducted a User Satisfaction Survey during 2001. The survey was done online and the results were maintained in a database so the information could be accessed and/or queried at any time.No
School Violence Resource Center (University of Arkansas)
Provided training and technical assistance to educators, law enforcement, local government, and community service organizations for developing strategies that addressed school violence issues. As of September 15, 2003, the grantee was awarded a total of $3,995,600 to implement a web-based national school violence resource center, produce school violence-related publications, and hold focus groups, advisory meetings, and workshops.Grantee had an evaluation form for workshops that participants were encouraged to complete. The grantee also had a web-based survey form used to collect information on law enforcement school-based programs.No
Inter-Tribal Integrated Justice Pilot Project (University of Arkansas)
Provided technical assistance and training to the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, and Pueblo of Zuni justice agencies to promote more effective sharing of information within the tribes. As of September 15, 2003, the grantee was awarded a total of $1,562,900 to establish an information technology infrastructure that would facilitate inter-tribal integration and provide training necessary to encourage the use of information systems and support sustainability. There was no formal evaluation method in place.No


  1. We concluded that the OJP does not collect sufficient information from the grantees to measure program performance or program impact.