Developing Additional Quantitative Performance MeasuresThe intent of the additional measures that follow is to quantitatively measure the degree to which the arrest alert system has achieved its intended outputs as well as immediate and intermediate outcomes. This differs from the purpose of an impact evaluation, which is utilized to measure long-term outcomes and requires the use of a comparison group.
Specifically, interviews, focus groups, and surveys, as well as review of the information in the data-tracking tools can all be used as a way of answering questions such as: 1. How many arrest alerts have been created since the implementation of the program (or over select periods of time, Year 1 v. Year 2 v. Year 3, etc., where the expectation is that use will grow over time)?
2. How many prosecutors use the arrest alert system and how often do they use it?
If a comparison group can be identified from similar defendants who were not subject to an arrest alert, then it is possible to examine project impacts, such as: 1. Is the arrest alert system producing intended immediate and intermediate outcomes (i.e., enhanced charging decisions, locating uncooperative witnesses, pretrial release or detention requests, and sentencing recommendations for priority targets)?
2. Can these be quantified?.