This section provides information on models of evaluation of RJ in Schools along with tools and ideas to build sustainability into RJ programing with the goal of achieving and maintaining a culture shift. Other sections within this website such as the Whole School Approach also include tools and approaches that are designed with sustainability in mind.
An important step in designing a sustainable model for RP at a school is to ensure fidelity tools are built into the processes and practices in the program in addition to a robust program evaluation model. A rigorous evaluation of RP at a school will ultimately lead to a stronger approach to RP as the data reveals strengths as well as weaknesses that you will build from. Many schools engage with an external evaluator such as a university or other neutral evaluation partner to help design fidelity tools and the full program evaluation from program design to implementation to the outcomes.
Research evidence on restorative justice in schools exists and what is out shows positive, promising outcomes in the area of school culture and social emotional health, reduced suspensions, and increased attendance and graduation rates. However, it should be noted that the body of existing research on RP in schools is still considered limited. In this folder we provide several examples of research reports and evaluation models from various school districts throughout the country.
It is important to keep in mind that implementation of a whole school approach to RP in schools takes time and gleaning positive outcomes is a slow process especially when the outcomes can be considered, sustainable.
Here you will find information about the following:
- Community resources
- Evaluation tools & models
- Policy examples
- RJ network
- Self-care for practitioners