Restorative Justice Organizational Self Assessment

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SECTION ONE:  VICTIM

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

Victims and their families receive support and assistance (ie, emotional, physical, and spiritual)

Rank   ______
Victims are made aware of the case throughout the entire process and are asked for their opinions   ______
Victims are directly and actively involved in the justice process (from early stages to the end)   ______
Victims are financially restored and restitution is given priority by the justice system ______
Victims have the opportunity to shape how the offender will repair the harm ______
Victims have the opportunity to meet face to face with the offender with a trained facilitator   ______
Victims are satisfied with the justice process ______
Victims have the opportunity to offer guidance and feedback to justice professionals by serving on planning and advisory groups, and through other means   ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RESTORATIVE WITH VICTIMS, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH VICTIMS.

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?



SECTION TWO:  OFFENDER

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

Offenders complete financial and other forms of restitution in a timely manner

Rank ______
Offenders use their assets to give back to the community by performing valuable work service or teach others, especially in their own neighborhoods   ______
Offenders are given opportunities to develop relationships with community members and experience bonding activities that provide value to the larger community   ______
Offenders face the personal harm caused by their crime through victim offender meetings, family group conferencing, attending victim impact panels, and other means   ______
Offenders develop the ability to be empathetic for their victims and others ______
Offenders learn and practice competencies that address criminogenic factors (such as decision making, conflict resolution, peer groups, anger management, etc.) and reduce likelihood of return to crime   ______
Offenders understand their obligation to their community and learn mutual responsibility ______
The offender's family or significant others are involved in similar programs as the offender   ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RESTORATIVE WITH OFFENDERS, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH OFFENDERS.

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?



SECTION THREE: COMMUNITY

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

The community (ie, neighborhoods, schools, business, faith communities, etc.) allows the offenders to provide meaningful work as means of "earned redemption"

Rank   ______
Volunteers are recruited and trained to provide services to offenders, victims, and the community   ______
The community provides mentors for the offenders and their significant others, and offers assistance to increase their skills   ______
Community businesses provide training and work opportunities for offenders ______
The community provides support services to victims ______
Community members have opportunity to offer guidance and feedback to justice professionals by serving on planning and advisory groups, and other means, and help set the goals and priorities of the justice system   ______
Justice system professionals collaborate with community organizations in order to provide community based interventions   ______
Justice system professionals assist with community and police in preventing crime and in solutions to challenging social conditions   ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RESTORATIVE WITH THE COMMUNITY, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH THE COMMUNITY

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?



SECTION FOUR:  JUSTICE SYSTEM

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

The system gives balanced attention to the victim, offender, and the community, and views each as equal customers

Rank   ______
Policy makers allocate resources appropriately to meet the objectives of safety, accountability, and competency development   ______
Restoration of all three customers is given higher priority over other objectives (such as case processing, sanctioning without objective, etc.)   ______
System outcome measures reflect the values of restorative justice ______
Individual staff performance measures identify restorative expectations' ______
The system has on-going training and orientation sessions on topics core to restorative justice   ______
The system seeks to hire employees with values consistent with restorative justice

 

  ______
The system provides on-going training on victimology and victim sensitivity ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR SYSTEM IS RESTORATIVE WITH VICTIMS, OFFENDERS, AND THE COMMUNITY, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH EACH OF THE THREE. CUSTOMERS

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?

 

SUMMARY

SCORING:  TOTAL SCORE OF SECTION DIVIDED BY # QUESTIONS


 

  Total Section Score Divided by  # Questions Equals  Avg. Score
VICTIM _____ 8 _____
OFFENDER _____ 8 _____
COMMUNITY _____ 8 _____
JUSTICE SYSTEM _____ 8 _____
 

WHAT ARE YOUR AGENCY'S GREATEST STRENGTHS?

WHAT AREA HAS THE GREATEST NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT?

 

SECTION ONE:  VICTIM

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

Victims and their families receive support and assistance (ie, emotional, physical, and spiritual)

Rank   ______
Victims are made aware of the case throughout the entire process and are asked for their opinions   ______
Victims are directly and actively involved in the justice process (from early stages to the end)   ______
Victims are financially restored and restitution is given priority by the justice system ______
Victims have the opportunity to shape how the offender will repair the harm ______
Victims have the opportunity to meet face to face with the offender with a trained facilitator   ______
Victims are satisfied with the justice process ______
Victims have the opportunity to offer guidance and feedback to justice professionals by serving on planning and advisory groups, and through other means   ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RESTORATIVE WITH VICTIMS, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH VICTIMS.

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?



SECTION TWO:  OFFENDER

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

Offenders complete financial and other forms of restitution in a timely manner

Rank ______
Offenders use their assets to give back to the community by performing valuable work service or teach others, especially in their own neighborhoods   ______
Offenders are given opportunities to develop relationships with community members and experience bonding activities that provide value to the larger community   ______
Offenders face the personal harm caused by their crime through victim offender meetings, family group conferencing, attending victim impact panels, and other means   ______
Offenders develop the ability to be empathetic for their victims and others ______
Offenders learn and practice competencies that address criminogenic factors (such as decision making, conflict resolution, peer groups, anger management, etc.) and reduce likelihood of return to crime   ______
Offenders understand their obligation to their community and learn mutual responsibility ______
The offender's family or significant others are involved in similar programs as the offender   ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RESTORATIVE WITH OFFENDERS, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH OFFENDERS.

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?



SECTION THREE: COMMUNITY

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

The community (ie, neighborhoods, schools, business, faith communities, etc.) allows the offenders to provide meaningful work as means of "earned redemption"

Rank   ______
Volunteers are recruited and trained to provide services to offenders, victims, and the community   ______
The community provides mentors for the offenders and their significant others, and offers assistance to increase their skills   ______
Community businesses provide training and work opportunities for offenders ______
The community provides support services to victims ______
Community members have opportunity to offer guidance and feedback to justice professionals by serving on planning and advisory groups, and other means, and help set the goals and priorities of the justice system   ______
Justice system professionals collaborate with community organizations in order to provide community based interventions   ______
Justice system professionals assist with community and police in preventing crime and in solutions to challenging social conditions   ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR ORGANIZATION IS RESTORATIVE WITH THE COMMUNITY, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH THE COMMUNITY

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?



SECTION FOUR:  JUSTICE SYSTEM

Rank each of the following statements from one to seven, one being "strongly disagree," four being neutral, and seven being "strongly agree." 

 

The system gives balanced attention to the victim, offender, and the community, and views each as equal customers

Rank   ______
Policy makers allocate resources appropriately to meet the objectives of safety, accountability, and competency development   ______
Restoration of all three customers is given higher priority over other objectives (such as case processing, sanctioning without objective, etc.)   ______
System outcome measures reflect the values of restorative justice ______
Individual staff performance measures identify restorative expectations' ______
The system has on-going training and orientation sessions on topics core to restorative justice   ______
The system seeks to hire employees with values consistent with restorative justice

 

  ______
The system provides on-going training on victimology and victim sensitivity ______
 

DESCRIBE WAYS IN WHICH YOUR SYSTEM IS RESTORATIVE WITH VICTIMS, OFFENDERS, AND THE COMMUNITY, AND PRACTICAL WAYS YOUR AGENCY COULD IMPROVE ITS RESTORATIVE PRACTICES WITH EACH OF THE THREE. CUSTOMERS

DOING NOW:

WHAT ELSE COULD BE DONE?

 

SUMMARY

SCORING:  TOTAL SCORE OF SECTION DIVIDED BY # QUESTIONS

 

  Total Section Score Divided by  # Questions Equals  Avg. Score
VICTIM _____ 8 _____
OFFENDER _____ 8 _____
COMMUNITY _____ 8 _____
JUSTICE SYSTEM _____ 8 _____
 

WHAT ARE YOUR AGENCY'S GREATEST STRENGTHS?

WHAT AREA HAS THE GREATEST NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT?

Date Created: December 4, 2007