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Final Report on the Vermont Legal Partnership Performance and Outcome Measures

NCJ Number
Robin Joy; Karen Gennette
Date Published
August 2019
20 pages
Findings and methodology are reported for a project with the goal of improving the capacity of the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services (CCVS) and local legal service providers to use data and empirical evidence in improving legal services to crime victims.
The intent of this project is for the Crime Research Group (CRG) to work with the Vermont Legal Partnership for Crime Victims (VLP), and Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services (CCVS) to 1) determine the data that are currently being collected (including a review of common funders and the additional data that are required for them); 2) use Results Based Accountability (RBA) and/or a logic model proven to identify priorities for shared data collection beyond the PMT; 3) develop a "business process" to support direct service providers affiliated with VLP in collecting data in a victim-centered, trauma-informed, efficient manner that maximizes the time available for direct service; and 4) identify needs and gaps in specific types of legal services. CRG and CCVS worked with the VLP on data collection, performance measurement, and data analysis as key areas for growth and development as the project performed its work. The project identified areas for improvement in the data collection and analysis process, so as to improve the accuracy, relevance, and usefulness of the data regarding legal services provided. This improved data collection can result in improved victim-service planning and implementation of legal services, as well as identifying trends and gaps in victim services. The dynamics of the partnerships developed are also discussed.