CJ 675 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

Overview
The final project for this course is the creation of a solution proposal. The final product represents an authentic demonstration of competency because you must
present an analysis, defend a proposed solution, and illustrate a plan for communicating a proposal to both internal and external audiences. The project is
divided into two milestones, which will be submitted at various points throughout the course to scaffold learning and ensure quality final submissions. These
milestones will be submitted in Modules Five and Seven. The final product will be submitted in Module Nine.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
 Determine patterns and trends present in criminal justice data that inform data-driven decision making regarding contemporary criminal justice issues
 Determine appropriate research that supports decision making regarding contemporary criminal justice issues
 Employ strategic methods used by leaders in the field of criminal justice for informing the decision-making process of data-driven solutions
 Propose data-driven solutions that address contemporary issues in criminal justice agencies
 Communicate to diverse audiences data-driven recommendations that address contemporary criminal justice issues using best practices of the field
Prompt
For your final project, you will assume the role of a leader within a criminal justice organization of your choice. Based on your chosen scenario, you will be
presented with a specific challenge faced by your organization that is emblematic of wider issues in contemporary criminal justice. Your task is to develop an
evidence-based solution for the problem, which will be articulated in a formal solution proposal to be presented to your organization’s leadership team. You will
be given information (including this data set) for your scenario, but you must also conduct your own research on comparable organizations and trends in the field
to determine opportunities and external threats. You will use the data, your research, and your knowledge of theory to develop an informed, data-driven solution
to the issue. Finally, you will conclude your solution proposal by identifying internal and external audiences for your solution and creating examples of targeted
communications for disseminating your ideas.
Based on the best available data and research, what is the ideal solution for addressing the challenge facing your organization?
Specifically, you must address the critical elements listed below. Most of the critical elements align with a particular course outcome (shown in brackets).
I. Introduction: In this section, establish a context that provides your audience with any background information that is necessary for understanding
your proposal.2
II. Theory and Methods: In this section, explain the theoretical frameworks that underpin your analysis and proposed solution.
a) Identify foundational criminology theories that apply to your chosen organization and the challenge it faces. Draw connections between the
theories and the specific context that will ultimately support your analysis and your proposed solution.
b) Examine the strategic methods used by leaders in the field for approaching problems such as yours. For example, what do the current best
practices in the field suggest in terms of researching and investigating the issue? Highlight methods that support your proposal.
c) Similarly, identify best practices in the field for communicating with diverse audiences. Illustrate these practices with specific examples that will
ultimately support your communication plan.
III. Literature Review: In this section, present all of the evidence that you have analyzed (including the provided data and your independent research)
and that will support your proposed solution.
a) Data Analysis: Using the provided data, determine any patterns and trends that are present. What meaning and significance can you glean from
the data?
b) Research: Present your research on the issue that builds on the patterns and trends you identified in the data. For example, are there prior
solutions that similar organizations have implemented in addressing this type of issue? What meaning and significance can you glean from your
research?
c) Root Causes: Based on your data analysis and independent research, explain what you believe to be the root causes of the issue. Logically justify
your conclusion using the evidence.
IV. Proposal: In this section, present and defend your plan for solving the issue facing your organization.
a) Solution:
i. Based on your theoretical framework and your analysis and research, propose a solution that effectively addresses the issue.
ii. Illustrate your proposal with the specific steps that the organization would need to take in order to properly execute the solution.
iii. Recommend strategic methods that leadership of the organization could apply in effectively implementing your proposed solution.
b) Defense:
i. Explain how your solution will improve the situation for both your organization and the community that is affected by the issue. Use
specific examples to illustrate.
ii. Explain how the data you analyzed and the trends you identified have guided you to this solution. In other words, how did your analysis
of the data inform your decision making? Use specific examples to illustrate.
iii. Explain how your research led you to this solution. In other words, how did the evidence in your research inform your decision making?
Use specific examples to illustrate.
V. Communication Plan: In this section, explain how you will disseminate the key ideas of your proposal.
a) Determine who the key internal and external audiences for your proposal are, and explain how you would present the information to them. Your
communication plan should reflect the best practices in the field, as discussed in your Theory and Methods section. 3
b) Choose one internal audience and develop a sample communication for them regarding your proposed solution. Be sure that your
communication is appropriate for this audience and is aligned with best practices in the field.
c) Choose one external audience and develop a sample communication for them regarding your proposed solution. Be sure that your
communication is appropriate for this audience and is aligned with best practices in the field.
VI. References: In this section, cite all of your sources using APA formatting and guidelines.
Milestones
Milestone One: First Draft
In Module Five, you will submit the first draft of your final project. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone One Rubric.
Milestone Two: Second Draft
In Module Seven, you will submit the second draft of your final project. This milestone will be graded with the Milestone Two Rubric.
Final Submission: Solution Proposal
In Module Nine, you will submit your final project. It should be a complete, polished artifact containing all of the critical elements of the final product. It should
reflect the incorporation of feedback gained throughout the course. This submission will be graded with the Final Project Rubric.4
Final Project Rubric
Guidelines for Submission: Your solution proposal should be 10–12 pages in length (plus a cover page and references) and should be written in APA format. Use
double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins.
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (90%) Needs Improvement (70%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Introduction Meets “Proficient” criteria and
introduction expertly balances
detail with the need for
concise, clear communication
Establishes a detailed context
that provides all background
information that is necessary
for understanding the proposal
Discusses some background
information, but fails to fully
establish a detailed context for
the proposal
Does not discuss background
information
5
Theory and Methods:
Criminology Theories
[CJ-675-03]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
discussion reflects keen insight
into the strategic methods
used by leaders in the criminal
justice field
Identifies and draws
connections between relevant
criminological theories and the
specific context in order to
support the proposal
Discusses criminological
theory, but fails to select
relevant theories or connect
them to the specific context for
supporting the proposal
Does not discuss criminological
theories
4.5
Theory and Methods:
Strategic Methods
[CJ-675-03]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
examination reflects keen
insight into the strategic
methods used by leaders in the
criminal justice field
Examines strategic methods
that apply to the specific
problem and highlights those
that are considered best
practices to support the
proposal
Discusses strategic methods,
but fails to draw connections
to the specific problem or
selects methods that would
not be considered best
practices
Discusses strategic methods,
but fails to draw connections
to the specific problem or
selects methods that would
not be considered best
practices
4.5
Theory and Methods:
Communication Best
Practices
[CJ-675-03]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
illustration reflects keen insight
into the strategic methods
used by leaders in the criminal
justice field
Identifies and illustrates best
practices in the field for
communicating with diverse
audiences
Discusses practices for
communicating with diverse
audiences, but does not
identify best practices or does
not fully illustrate the practices
Does not discuss practices for
communicating with diverse
audiences
4.5
Literature Review:
Data Analysis
[CJ-675-01]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
analysis reflects sophisticated
ability to interpret and
translate raw data into
meaningful information
Determines accurate and
meaningful patterns and
trends in the data and explains
their significance in detail
Discusses the patterns and
trends in the data, but makes
misguided interpretations or
fails to explain the significance
in detail
Does not discuss the patterns
and trends in the data
6
Literature Review:
Research
[CJ-675-02]
Meets “Proficient” criteria, and
selection and application of
sources reflects advanced
research skills for the criminal
justice field
Presents relevant, credible
research that builds on the
information gleaned from the
data and supports the proposal
Presents research, but selected
sources have issues of
credibility or relevance or are
not properly used to build on
the data analysis and support
the proposal
Does not discuss research into
the problem in question
65
Literature Review:
Root Causes
[CJ-675-01]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
conclusion reflects
sophisticated ability to
interpret and translate raw
data into meaningful
information
Presents a logical conclusion
about the root causes of the
problem based on the data
analysis and research
Presents a conclusion, but
there are gaps in logic or it is
not fully supported by the data
or research
Does not present a conclusion
about the root causes of the
problem in question
6
Proposal: Solution
[CJ-675-04]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates creative or
insightful application of datadriven decision making to solve
contemporary issues
Proposes an effective solution
to the problem that is fully
supported by the theoretical
framework, data, and research
Proposes a solution to the
problem, but it is ineffective or
not fully supported by the
theoretical framework, data, or
research
Does not propose a solution to
the problem
6
Proposal: Specific
Steps
[CJ-675-04]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates creative or
insightful application of datadriven decision making to solve
contemporary issues
Illustrates the proposed
solution with specific steps
that the organization would
need to take in order to
properly execute the solution
Discusses steps for executing
the solution, but there are gaps
in necessary detail
Does not discuss the steps for
executing the solution
6
Proposal:
Implementing
[CJ-675-03]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
recommendation reflects keen
insight into the strategic
methods used by leaders in the
criminal justice field
Recommends strategic
methods for leadership to use
in effectively implementing the
solution
Recommends implementation
methods for leadership, but
fails to recommend strategic
methods for effectively
implementing the solution
Does not recommend methods
for leadership to implement
the strategy
4.5
Proposal: Improve
[CJ-675-04]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
demonstrates creative or
insightful application of datadriven decision making to solve
contemporary issues
Defends the likelihood of the
solution to substantively
improve the situation for the
organization and the
community using specific
examples
Discusses the potential of the
solution to improve the
situation, but fails to fully
defend the solution using
specific examples
Does not discuss the potential
of the solution to improve the
situation for the organization
and the community
6
Proposal: Data
[CJ-675-01]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
decision-making process
clearly benefited from a
sophisticated ability to
interpret and translate raw
data into meaningful
information
Demonstrates conclusively
how the data informed the
solution and the decisionmaking process
Discusses the relationship of
the data to the solution, but
fails to conclusively
demonstrate that the data
informed the solution and the
decision-making process
Does not discuss the
relationship of the data to the
solution
66
Proposal: Research
[CJ-675-02]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
decision-making process
clearly benefited from
advanced research skills for the
criminal justice field
Demonstrates conclusively
how the research findings
informed the solution and the
decision-making process
Discusses the relationship of
the research to the solution,
but fails to conclusively
demonstrate that the data
informed the solution and the
decision-making process
Does not discuss the
relationship of the research
findings to the solution
6
Communication Plan:
Present the
Information
[CJ-675-05]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
plan reflects nuanced
understanding of the best
practices for effectively
communicating with diverse
audiences
Presents a communication plan
that applies best practices to
effectively present information
to internal and external
audiences
Presents a communication
plan, but it fails to apply best
practices to effectively present
information to internal or
external audiences
Does not present a
communication plan
6
Communication Plan:
Internal Audience
[CJ-675-05]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
sample reflects nuanced
understanding of the best
practices for effectively
communicating with diverse
audiences
Includes a sample
communication for an internal
audience that reflects best
practices in the field
Includes a sample
communication for an internal
audience, but it does not fully
reflect best practices in the
field
Does not include a sample
communication for an internal
audience
6
Communication Plan:
External Audience
[CJ-675-05]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
sample reflects nuanced
understanding of the best
practices for effectively
communicating with diverse
audiences
Includes a sample
communication for an external
audience that reflects best
practices in the field
Includes a sample
communication for an external
audience, but it does not fully
reflect best practices in the
field
Does not include a sample
communication for an external
audience
6
References
[CJ-675-02]
Meets “Proficient” criteria and
selection of source material
reflects advanced research
skills for the criminal justice
field
Includes a complete
bibliography of all references
used following APA formatting
that are each relevant and
credible
Includes a bibliography, but it is
incomplete, contains irrelevant
or non-credible sources, or
does not fully follow APA
formatting
Does not include a
bibliography
6
Articulation of
Response
Submission is free of errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, and
organization and is presented
in a professional and easy to
read format
Submission has no major
errors related to citations,
grammar, spelling, syntax, or
organization
Submission has major errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that negatively impact
readability or articulation of
main ideas
Submission has critical errors
related to citations, grammar,
spelling, syntax, or organization
that prevent understanding of
ideas
5
Total 100
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