Program Evaluation: You can do it! YES, YOU CAN!!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Session Type: Workshop

“Evidence-based” is not just a buzz phrase, it’s the future direction for criminal justice practitioners throughout all phases of the system. Data-driven policy decisions enable offender change while justifying funding expenditures. But how can professionals in criminal justice examine program outcomes or pilot initiatives without employing specialized researchers? This workshop will cover the fundamentals of program evaluation, including the Who, What, Where, Why and How. Sometimes you may need an outside research think-tank, but at other times an agency’s own program staff or supervisors can collect the necessary data and look for trends or basic program outputs/outcomes. Using several examples from Texas, participants will learn some evaluation basics to determine whether a program is worthwhile or needs to be changed to get a better overall return for investment.


Carey Green
Director, TX Department of Criminal Justice

Carey A. Green Director, Community Justice Assistance Division Texas Department of Criminal Justice Carey A. Green currently serves as the Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division (TDCJ-CJAD) and has 30 years of service with the State of Texas. As division director, Carey worked with the field of community supervision to weather a $10 million shortfall and has helped unify a decentralized community supervision system around common state goals emphasizing public safety, accountability and results. Carey has also helped lead the community supervision assessment project as a state co-chair while working with the agency on its assessment initiative. Ms. Green holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Angelo State University and an MPA specializing in Criminal Justice from Texas State University. Carey has won state and national awards for her original research, Parole Officers Carrying Firearms in the State of Texas. She has been instrumental in developing evidence-based programming and piloted the first cognitive-behavioral program in parole. Carey has worked on several legislative and statewide initiatives, including implementation of additional diversion funding for community supervision as well as development and training for progressive sanctions models throughout the state. Carey has been an Intensive Supervision Program Officer, Trainer, Curriculum Developer, Training Administrator, Treatment Alternatives to Incarceration Program Administrator, TDCJ-CJAD Program Services Director, TDCJ-CJAD Director for Training and Staff Development and most recently, Deputy Director of TDCJ-CJAD. She is a requested speaker on a wide variety of topics, including: Socioeconomics and Offender Supervision, Organizational Change, Evidence-Based Practices, Leadership, Communication, Training Initiatives and Officer Safety programs. Ms. Green has served as president of the Texas Corrections Association, National Institute of Corrections Southern Region Field Coordinator, the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the American Probation and Parole Association, and currently serves on the Board of the Texas Corrections Association.

Mrs. Sharisa Jones
Research Specialist IV, TX Department of Criminal Justice

Sharisa Jones Research Specialist IV, Community Justice Assistance Division Texas Department of Criminal Justice Sharisa Jones has been a Research Specialist and Legislative Coordinator with the Community Justice Assistance Division at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 2006. She has been involved in evaluating the impact of Justice Reinvestment efforts in Texas, implementing the data and evaluation component of batterer intervention and prevention program accreditation, and other statewide initiatives. Prior to working with TDCJ-CJAD, she interned with the District Attorney’s Office in Guadalupe County, Texas, the Public Defender Service - Mental Health Division in Washington, D.C. and with the Legislative Service Bureau – Research Services Division in Michigan. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Lutheran University and a master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in criminal justice policy from Michigan State University.