A Probation Officers View of Effectiveness

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In the newspaper’s evaluation they only had the interest of the public in mind when they did their evaluation. The paper wanted to bring attention to the probation department and let the public know that they felt that they were not doing their jobs correctly. Over half of their felony probationers were rearrested after being out of the prison population for less than a year. They also wanted the public to know that they thought that the officers were doing nothing but sitting around the office drinking coffee all day instead of meeting with their probationers. The paper thought that they did not have enough rehabilitation services for those who needed it. It is important that probation officers provide a probationer with the necessary rehabilitation that he/she needs in order to become an effective part of society. Some types of rehabilitation that can be offered would be drug and alcohol classes, anger management classes and even help them to get more education if they desire to.

The proposed evaluation will help the probation officers to make sure that they are doing their jobs properly and meeting with all of their clients in a timely manner. It will also help them to keep the media off of their backs by getting out of the office more regularly instead of sitting their drinking coffee all day.

One theory of effectiveness that was represented in the proposed new evaluation format is that by doing the evaluations it will not show how bad or good the department is but to start collecting information to see how things relate to each other and start working in a direction that is beneficial to everybody. In order to have an effective organization a supervisor has to make has to make their theories of effectiveness explicit to all involved. The theory that I see being used in the new evaluation would be the contingency theory of decision making. This theory uses the effectiveness of a decision procedure that depends on several aspects of a situation. It...
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