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Innovative Policy Reform

of Colorado's Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Standards


The Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) recently revised the Standards for Treatment for Court Ordered Domestic Violence Offenders to be empirically-based. The revision of the Standards marked a unique and innovative approach to policy change in Colorado. The process by which the DVOMB achieved the revision and adoption of the Standards will be examined.

The purpose/objective of this research is to better understand the process that the DVOMB used to revise the Standards through the Multiple Streams Policy Framework lens. The framework is most concerned with how five categories, or streams, describe how a policy is created, or adopted. Semi-structured interviews will be used to gather information about each of the streams as they relate to the revision of the Standards in 2010. Participation will involve a single face-to-face interview lasting up to 60 minutes regarding participants’ knowledge of the revisions of the Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Standards. Responses to interview questions will be examined qualitatively to understand how and why the Standards were changed. We anticipate others benefiting from the research through the researcher-produced description of this example of innovative policy change in Colorado.

Privacy and confidentiality of participants in the study is a priority for the researchers. The information accessed for review are public domain documents and include (1) the original Standards, (2) revised Standards, and (3) reports issued during the course of the committee completing the revisions to the Standards. The information will be accessed via the public website of the DVOMB, or requested from DVOMB staff. Interviews will be recorded via handwritten notes by the investigator, and no identifying information will be associated with the interview. Records will be kept under a code number rather than by name.

 
 
 

RESEARCH TEAM

 
Ashley Tunstall, PhD Student (Project Contact)
 
School of Public Affairs
 
University of Colorado Denver
 
 
 
 
Angela Gover, Professor
 
School of Public Affairs
 
University of Colorado Denver
 
 
 
 
Chris Weible, Associate Professor
 
School of Public Affairs
 
University of Colorado Denver
 
 

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