Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type

Project Summary

Degree Name

Doctor of Education



First Advisor

Vincent R. Jones, J.D.

Second Advisor

Mary D. Bruce, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

James R. Coldren, Ph.D.

Fourth Advisor

Terri Winfree, Ph.D.


Restorative Justice (RJ) Programs exist in schools, workplaces, communities, the justice system, and other community and organizational settings and are targeted at various populations. In spite of numerous restorative interventions, there have been few comprehensive evaluations of those interventions that document RJ successes or provide evidence to increase the likelihood of success. RJ is responsive and emergent in nature; it is dynamic and ever changing. It is not a program with a linear path from idea to design to implementation to outcomes. RJ presents challenges to traditional approaches to research, such as process evaluations and long-term outcome studies. This research will provide an examination and synthesis of the ways in which RJ programs include evaluation into program operations and processes, and the challenges these programs face in so doing. It will also provide a prescriptive guide regarding how to evaluate RJ programs with methodological rigor.