Aboriginal Justice Strategy Mid-Term Evaluation, Final Report

7. Appendices: Data Collection Instruments (cont.)

Aboriginal justice strategy evaluation Community-based justice program manager interview guide

Introduction

Thank you for agreeing to participate in an interview for the mid-term evaluation of the Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS). As you know, your community (or nation) received funding, through the AJS and in collaboration with your province/territory, for your community justice project. The interview should take about one hour.

As described in the email you received inviting you to participate in an interview, a mid-term evaluation of the current AJS mandate (2007-2012) is being undertaken by the Department of Justice Evaluation Division. R.A. Malatest & Associates have been retained to assist with conducting this evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to examine the design and delivery of the AJS, success/early impacts, and to follow up on recommendations identified in an evaluation (2006) completed in the last mandate.

A main component of the evaluation is to conduct interviews with community-based justice program managers who receive funding under the AJS. This will help us to better understand how well different parts of the Strategy are operating.

I'd like to remind you that your participation in this interview is completely voluntary. Any information you provide will be used for evaluation purposes only, to provide an overall perspective. Every effort will be made to ensure that the information collected is accurately recorded and reported in the evaluation.

Do you have any questions before we begin?

Part A: Knowledge of the AJS

First, I'd like to get an idea of how familiar you are with the current Aboriginal Justice Strategy.

Part B. Strategy Design and Delivery

This section is designed to explore several issues related to the design and delivery of the current AJS mandate (2007-2012), overall.

Part C. Community-Based Justice Programs

The next set of questions deal specifically with community-based justice program(s)/project(s).

Part D. Capacity Building Fund Projects
Part E. Short-term Outcomes

The next few questions apply to each program or project you are involved with that has been funded by the Aboriginal Justice Strategy over the past two years (i.e., 2007/2008 and 2008/2009).

[NOTE: Please ask these questions for each program/project the interviewee is involved in delivering -copy each on a separate page]

Program/Project Name (1):

Is your program(s)/project(s) being delivered as outlined in the application and/or contribution agreement? If adjustments have been made, please describe why they were necessary and whether the contribution agreement has been adjusted to reflect these changes? (Issue #14/Summative Issue #4)

How do your program(s)/project(s) reflect Aboriginal values of justice and healing? Please explain. (Summative Issue #7)

To what extent is your program(s)/project(s) reaching Aboriginal offenders? For example, are there any gaps in the people or communities that are not being reached but should be? (Summative Issue #6)

Are there any barriers to reaching Aboriginal offenders or that affect the extent to which they are being referred to your program(s)/project(s)? If yes, please describe the barriers.

Part F. Performance Reporting

The last questions ask about reporting requirements related to the programs or projects funded by the Aboriginal Justice Strategy.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your experience and opinions!

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