Evaluation and research are key elements to success and sustainability of any effort. This is no different with Restorative Justice. There are some differences, though, in what we are measuring and evaluating. It is important to evaluate all components of implementation from training, practicing and outcomes. Outcomes include both quantitative data like numbers related to discipline, attendance, time out of class, teacher retention, involvement in school activities, academic measurements and qualitative data like satisfaction, school climate, engagement, relationship measurements. Both types of data are important to understanding the impact of RJ in your school and additional items should be considered based on your efforts, systems and community.
From more than 20 years of experience in many thousands of cases and more than 52 empirical studies, it has clearly been found to be a practical and time tested approach that results in many positive outcomes for victims, offenders, family members, and the larger community.- Mark Umbreit