Restorative justice programs have been effective in the use of victim offender mediation
processes. But not all the victims and offenders are having their needs met. An evaluation of
such programs may help us to further understand why those needs are not being met. Then, we
can be able to create or suggest better ways of implementing such a program in other to meet its
intended aims and goals. “According to Posavac (2011), “Program evaluation is a methodology
to learn the depth and extent of need for a human service and whether the service is likely to be
used, whether the service is sufficiently intensive to meet the unmet needs identified, and the
degree to which the service is offered as planned and actually does help people in need at a
reasonable cost without unacceptable side effects” (p. 1).” (Justice 415 lecture notes).
The justice program for which this evaluation plan is about is taken from “Victims’
Experiences With, Expectations and Perceptions of Restorative Justice: A Critical Review of the
Literature” This examines programs used in restorative justice. The program addresses the
victims’ needs in restorative justice programs. It examines the victims’ experiences with
restorative justice programs and also address whether the programs are adequately meeting the
victims’ needs. The main audience for this evaluation are the victims and the offenders. These
two groups are the main targets because they include those that need to heal from the pain of the
harm done, and those that need to change their behaviour in other to prevent recidivism.
The objectives and goals of this document is to provide a comprehensive overview of
victims’ views and concerns, based on a selected examination of the existing research on
restorative justice. In addition, the study identifies strengths and weaknesses of the existing
literature. It also highlights areas that may be of future concern or relevance for the...