Archives for November 2011

Evaluation Processes

Included below are documents relating to writing meaningful grantee progress reports. Evaluation is a systematic, objective process for determining the success of a policy or program. It addresses questions about whether and to what extent the program is achieving its goals and objectives.

Performance Measures
IASA Performace Measures Template – To ensure compliance with Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, grantees are required to collect and report data that measures the results of program performance at the beginning of the grant period, and is then updated with a cumulative total for each 6-month report period throughout the life of the grant.
IASA Training Handouts and Materials – This primer defines several performance measurement terms, outlines ares or functions where performance measurement may be difficult, and provides examples of different types of performance measures.
TCAP Performance Measures Worksheet – To ensure compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, grantees are required to collect and report data that measure the results of program performance.

Evaluation Processes
BJA Guide to Program Evaluation – Evaluation is a systematic, objective process for determining the success of a policy or program. It addresses questions about whether and to what extent the program is achieving its goals and objectives.

Information Sharing
Information Sharing/Integration Initiatives – Today, justice information sharing/integration systems are designed to facilitate a more efficient and effective electronic sharing of justice information among distinct justice agencies/departments through the use of innovative technologies.

Report Forms
Categorical Assistance Progress Report – Categorical Assistance Progress Report for the Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program
IASA Sample Time and Task Plan –
IASA Sample Worksheets – IASA Sample Worksheets

TCAP Evaluation Processes
BJA Guide to Program Evaluation – Evaluation is a systematic, objective process for determining the success of a policy or program. It addresses questions about whether and to what extent the program is achieving its goals and objectives.
TCAP Performance Measures Worksheet – To ensure compliance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, grantees are required to collect and report data that measure the results of program performance.

IASA Evaluation Processes
BJA Guide to Program Evaluation – Evaluation is a systematic, objective process for determining the success of a policy or program. It addresses questions about whether and to what extent the program is achieving its goals and objectives.
IASA Categorical Assistance Progress Report – Categorical Assistance Progress Report For Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program Grantees
IASA Performace Measures Template – To ensure compliance with Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, grantees are required to collect and report data that measures the results of program performance at the beginning of the grant period, and is then updated with a cumulative total for each 6-month report period throughout the life of the grant.
IASA Sample Time and Task Plan –
IASA Sample Worksheets – IASA Sample Worksheets
IASA Training Handouts and Materials – This primer defines several performance measurement terms, outlines ares or functions where performance measurement may be difficult, and provides examples of different types of performance measures.

Recent Post

The Need For Tribal Justice

Tribal justice refers to the system of dispensing justice to the tribal group. On many occasions, we can see that tribal people are often met out injustice as they belong to a class of lesser privileged people. However, owing to the laws of equality, which states that all men are equal in the eyes of law, it is absolutely mandatory that tribal justice be met… more

Tribal Court Assistance Program

BJA’s Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) is one of the U.S. Department of  Justice’s primary initiatives for providing court-related support to tribal justice systems. Since fiscal year (FY) 1999, BJA has awarded 259 grants to federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native communities through a highly competitive process. TCAP’s goal is to develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide… more

Tribal Court Grantees

The goal of the Tribal Court Assistance Program is to develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide funding for technical assistance and training of tribal court staff. The objective in reaching this goal is to help tribal governments develop, enhance, and continue the operation of tribal judicial systems, including intertribal court systems.

GMS On-line Training Tool
On July 11, 2007, OJP released the Grants Management System (GMS) On-line Training Tool to assist grantees in administering their awards through the GMS. The On-line Training Tool provides step “by” step instructions to complete various functions within GMS, as well as the administrative policies associated with Grant Adjustment Notices, Progress Reporting, and Closeouts.

2008 Tribal Court Assistance Program Funding Available
The Bureau of Justice Assistance has announced the release of the 2008 Tribal Court Assistance Program (TCAP) Grant Solicitation. These grants help develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide funding for technical assistance and training of tribal court staff. The program’s goals are to (1) provide planning grants to develop a comprehensive strategy and implementation plan to establish a court; and (2) provide grants for an existing tribal court system to enhance tribal court services. These grant applications are due on February 7, 2008.

2/12/2008 – 2/14/2008
BJA Regional Conference – Midwest Region
Indianapolis, IN

3/3/2008 – 3/6/2008
Tribal Court Management of Alcohol and Drug Cases
Reno, NV

3/4/2008 – 3/6/2008
A Multi-Jurisdictional Approach to Crimes Against Children in Indian Country
Baraboo, WI

3/4/2008 – 3/4/2008
TCAP Orientation – DATES TBD
Washington, DC

3/5/2008 – 3/7/2008
National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session
Washington, DC

3/10/2008 – 3/13/2008
Essential Skills for Tribal Court Judges
Reno, NV

3/11/2008 – 3/13/2008
BJA Regional Conference – South Region
Atlanta, GA

3/19/2008 – 3/21/2008
Clerk Certification Training
Denver-Broomfield, CO

3/20/2008 – 3/20/2008
Healing to Wellness Courts and Tribal Court Responses to Substance Abuse
Denver-Broomfield, CO

4/28/2008 – 5/2/2008
Court Management for Tribal Court Judges & Personnel
Reno, NV

5/1/2008 – 5/1/2008
Tribal-State Comparative Law
Minneapolis – date TBD, MN

5/15/2008 – 5/16/2008
Tribal Court Development and Administration
Anchorage, AK

6/1/2008 – 6/4/2008
National Congress of American Indians Mid Year Conference
Reno, NV

8/14/2008 – 8/15/2008
Firearms Disqualification and Domestic Violence Training
Crow Agency, MT

10/1/2008 – 10/1/2008
National Indigenous Justice Conference – DATE TBD
Oklahoma City, OK

10/19/2008 – 10/24/2008
65th Annual Convention of the National Congress of American Indians
Phoenix, AZ

11/12/2008 – 11/14/2008
20th Annual Multi-Jurisdictional Training Conference
Green Bay, WI

Recent Post

The Need For Tribal Justice

Tribal justice refers to the system of dispensing justice to the tribal group. On many occasions, we can see that tribal people are often met out injustice as they belong to a class of lesser privileged people. However, owing to the laws of equality, which states that all men are equal in the eyes of law, it is absolutely mandatory that tribal justice be met… more

Tribal Court Assistance Program

BJA’s Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) is one of the U.S. Department of  Justice’s primary initiatives for providing court-related support to tribal justice systems. Since fiscal year (FY) 1999, BJA has awarded 259 grants to federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native communities through a highly competitive process. TCAP’s goal is to develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide… more

Tribal Court Assistance Program

BJA’s Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) is one of the U.S. Department of  Justice’s primary initiatives for providing court-related support to tribal justice systems. Since fiscal year (FY) 1999, BJA has awarded 259 grants to federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native communities through a highly competitive process.

TCAP’s goal is to develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide funding for technical assistance and training of tribal court staff. The objective in reaching this goal is to help tribal governments develop, enhance, and continue the operation of tribal judicial systems, including intertribal court systems.

Both onsite and offsite technical assistance and training is available to all grantees. Technical assistance also is provided to help grantees develop program goals and measure how well these goals are being met.

Funding for the Tribal Courts Assistance Program. There are three separate categories for which federally recognized tribes may apply:

Category I—Planning and Implementing an Intertribal Court System for Smaller Service Populations. Applications are sought from consortia of tribal governments (at least two per consortium), each of which serves a population of less than 1,000 people, to plan, develop, and implement a tribal court system where none currently exists. This category focuses on smaller tribes, located contiguous to or near other tribal governments, for which the creation of an intertribal court is economically and administratively feasible. Grant funds may be used to facilitate the development and initial implementation of an intertribal court system that will be designed to meet the needs of more than one tribe in the same geographic region.

Distances of several hundred miles separating tribes and rugged or inhospitable terrain can adversely affect the development of a collaborative partnership by making it logistically too difficult or economically unfeasible to establish an intertribal court. In these severe circumstances, and given that a tribal government can succinctly justify such hardships and incorporate this information into its application under the problem definition section of its program narrative (see Selection Criteria), such a tribe may apply as a single entity.

Category II—Planning and Implementing a Single-Tribe Court System. Applications are sought from tribal governments that serve a population equal to or greater than 1,000 people for the development and initial implementation of a tribal court that will meet their needs. Tribal governments may apply for grant funds to facilitate the development and initial implementation of a tribal court system where none currently exists.

Category III—Enhancing or Continuing the Operation of Tribal Courts. Applications are sought from tribal communities, regardless of the size of their service populations, to enhance or continue the operation of existing tribal courts. Initiatives may include, but are not limited to, establishing a core structure for a tribal court, improving case management, training court personnel, developing code, acquiring additional equipment and software, enhancing prosecution and indigent defense, supporting probation diversion and alternative sentencing programs, accessing services, focusing on juvenile services and multidisciplinary protocols for victims of child physical and sexual abuse, and structuring intertribal or tribal appellate systems.

Both onsite and offsite technical assistance and training are available to all grantees. Technical assistance also is provided to help grantees develop program goals and measure how well these goals are being met.

Program Accomplishments:

Throughout the Tribal Courts Assistance Program, BJA managers have interacted with and collected information from the field, departmental officials, and regional and national tribal courts advisory boards for the purpose of assessing program pitfalls and accomplishments, and recommending modifications. These actions have not only fostered the development of new partnerships but have helped BJA to meet the evolving needs of tribal justice systems and achieve higher customer satisfaction. Recent accomplishments follow:

Technical assistance has been restructured to provide better customer service. In order to maximize the delivery of technical assistance and training services, reduce overhead, and enhance managerial practices, the number of grants to providers was significantly reduced and a single organization was identified to coordinate activities in conjunction with BJA. Leading this effort is the Tribal Judicial Institute at the University of North Dakota School of Law, which is responsible for establishing a cadre of culturally relevant consultants; subcontracting select services; and planning and conducting a wide array of national, regional, and local venues. Its consortium of providers includes:

  • The National Tribal Judicial Center at The National Judicial College, Reno, NV;
  • Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, WI;
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Louisville, CO;
  • Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, IN;
  • Native American Alliance Foundation, Albuquerque, NM;
  • Tribal Law and Policy Institute, CA;
  • National Tribal Justice Resource Center, Boulder, CO;
  • Oklahoma City University Law School, OK;
  • Native American Rights Fund, Boulder, CO;
  • Alaska Native Justice Center, Anchorage, AK.

Recent Post

The Need For Tribal Justice

Tribal justice refers to the system of dispensing justice to the tribal group. On many occasions, we can see that tribal people are often met out injustice as they belong to a class of lesser privileged people. However, owing to the laws of equality, which states that all men are equal in the eyes of law, it is absolutely mandatory that tribal justice be met… more

Tribal Court Assistance Program

BJA’s Tribal Courts Assistance Program (TCAP) is one of the U.S. Department of  Justice’s primary initiatives for providing court-related support to tribal justice systems. Since fiscal year (FY) 1999, BJA has awarded 259 grants to federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native communities through a highly competitive process. TCAP’s goal is to develop new tribal courts, improve the operations of existing tribal courts, and provide… more