- The goal of this drug treatment program is to serve clients' needs and to educate clients about the harm that drugs cause.
- The goal of this drug treatment program is to assist our
clients in reducing drug dependency and eventually ending it toward
living drug-free lives.
Do the four components mentioned in the book—a time frame, the targeted population, the anticipated result, and a criterion—suffice to create an objective statement? Why?
Consider the following objective statement for checking recidivism to crime:
"The program will prevent inmates from committing crime, as measured by arrest or revocation of parole, for at least three years after they have been released back into the community."
In the objective statement example above, consider that some new components are to be included toward creating a more appropriate objective statement. Recommend at least two additional components that can be included to create an objective statement and provide a rationale for your recommendations.
There are two approaches to goal setting—a top-down and a bottom-up approach. With which of the two approaches do you agree? Why?
Is it possible to have a middle-of-the-road approach that is a combination of both approaches? Would a middle-of-the-road approach be beneficial? Why and how?
Read the following case study from your textbook, Criminal Justice Policy and Planning by Wayne N. Welsh and Philip W. Harris:
- 2-1: Top-Down versus Bottom-Up Goal Setting: Responding to Negative Information about Conditions of Juvenile Confinement
- Was the original goal setting approach used in the case top-down or bottom-up? How?
- Why did Performance-based Standards (PbS) face resistance?
- How did PbS address the resistance faced?