Developing a program evaluation for thinking for a change: integrated cognitive behavioral change program with incarcerated women in Saskatchewan: a research practicum report
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A program evaluation was developed for use by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice with the cognitive behavioural program Thinking for a Change. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess the effectiveness of Thinking for a Change as utilized with incarcerated women in Saskatchewan. Data requests were made for sample groups of incarcerated women who had completed the program and a matched comparison group. A scan for gender responsivity in the program delivery was also conducted. The data sets received were not matched on factors that impact recidivism. Therefore, recommendations to the Ministry of Justice include correcting this oversight. Additional recommendations are made for the completion of the quantitative program evaluation as well as improving gender responsiveness in program delivery.