RESEARCH & EVALUATION LIBRARY
The Prison Fellowship® research, evaluation, and data team works to achieve, sustain, and scale the most effective measures, programs, and practices for healthy and moral prison systems and for theof those impacted by crime and incarceration.
Our team’s work is anchored by our theoretical framework for corrections. We believe that recidivism is an insufficient metric for evaluating prison success. The Good Citizenship Model™ is an entirely new lens for looking at change among people in prison and the prison culture itself, conceptualizing success in corrections primarily through development of prisoners’ underlying and guiding values where criminogenic behavior is rooted. Our model attempts to raise the bar for corrections by measuring success rather than failure.
We gather data to: design, develop, and evaluate programs → test our programming for effectiveness → test assumptions and hypotheses.
To find out more about using the PCA in your facility, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
INTRODUCING THE GOOD CITIZENSHIP MODEL
Our model attempts to raise the bar for corrections by measuring success rather than failure, and it intends to answer two crucial questions:
- Community: Building relationships and caring for others.
- Affirmation: Recognizing others’ worth, strengths, and achievements.
- Productivity: Using time and energy constructively.
- Responsibility: Owning one’s actions and committing to change.
- Restoration: Seeking and promoting reconciliation.
- Integrity: Knowing and doing the right thing.
Is the prison culture one that fosters and reinforces the foundations of good citizenship?
To answer these questions, we identified prosocial values that tend to be associated with human flourishing and a natural reduction in criminal thinking and behavior. We believe that adoption of these six core values facilitate fundamental and sustainable changes in thinking and behaving for people in prison. We also believe that a successful prison culture will not only promote, model, and cultivate good citizenship among incarcerated people but also develop and sustain healthier and more resilient correctional workforces. The values we focus on are community, affirmation, productivity, responsibility, restoration, and integrity.
To capture these concepts, we are developing new psychometrically sound assessment instruments that can measure good citizenship and prison culture.
The Good Citizenship Inventory (GCI) measures the extent to which an individual embraces and manifests the Values of Good Citizenship™. The results of the GCI will provide a roadmap to assist the individual in their journey towards good citizenship and, ultimately, human flourishing.
The Prison Culture Assessment (PCA) measures the prison environment from the perspective of both staff and people in prison. The results of the PCA provide prison leaders with a snapshot of where their facility's culture is healthy, functional, and conducive to the development of good citizenship as well as where it could be improved.
OUTCOMES AND MEASUREMENTS
1VanderWeele, T. J. (2017). On the promotion of human flourishing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(31), 8148-8156, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1702996114
2McAdams, D. P. & McLean, K. C. (2013). Narrative identity. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 22(3), 233-238. doi: 10.1177/0963721413475622