Warner, S. (2000). Final Survey Report. In Hillman, G., Warner, S. and Shute, J. (Eds.), Arts Programs for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections: A Guide to Promising Practices, (pp. 33-37). Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and National Endowment for the Arts.
Author Affiliations: Experimental Gallery, Seattle
Artforms: Dance, drama, literary arts, multimedia, performing arts, visual arts Program: NA
Program Description: Survey of juvenile-offender arts programs
Program (Study) Location: National U.S.
Study Published: 2002
Participant Type: Juvenile-offender arts programs
Sample Size: 120 surveys mailed out, 24 returned: 20% response rate
Data Type: Quantitative: Survey instrument
Evaluation Focus: Art disciplines utilized, number of youth involved, kinds of artists employed, products generated, budgets, founding dates, challenges facing field, impediments to growth
Summary of Impact: Evaluation focused on institutional characteristics and benefits rather than benefits to offenders and found that:
● Most programs offered a multidisciplinary arts education model using a combination of contracted professional artists, art teachers from the local school district and volunteers.
● 43.2% of programs were founded in the 1990s.
● 3 programs had a history of 30 years or more.
● Slightly less than half the programs employed some kind of formal evaluation process to measure success.
● 18 out of 23 programs requested technical assistance with the evaluation, making evaluation the most requested service; fund-raising and curriculum and program design were the next most requested; the lowest response for assistance was in community relations.
● Evaluation was considered the weakest area for most programs.
● Slightly less than half the programs offered academic credit for their participants but three programs had no means in place to measure the success of this provision.
● About half of programs had budgets of $100,000 and over and half less than $50,000
● 16.8% received funding support from a correctional facility.
● Reports of numbers of youth served fluctuated between 3,000 — 12; actual numbers of youth being served by all 24 programs could not be determined.
KEYWORDS: dance, drama, Experimental Gallery, juvenile, literary arts, multimedia, performing arts, visual arts, youth