Evaluability assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) model

After 6 months, 5 sites, 8,930 miles, 6 reports, and 46,500 words, on the 31st of July we (myself, Gary Zajac, and Courtney Meyer of the Justice Center for Research) finally submitted Penn State’s evaluability assessment of Circles of Support and Accountability to the U.S. National Institute of Justice.
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New job resolution (…and a ‘taxonomy of wanking’)

I’m starting a new job on September 1. As a New Job Resolution I’m planning on updating this blog more. Hopefully this resolution will last longer than New Year’s ‘fitness regime’…

So I’m wondering how I can kick things back off and get back into the habit. Well, since it’s a new job, I’ll share a personal story that gets to the heart of why (most of the time) I love what I do – and the people you get to work with. It’s basically an example of something that I guess you just don’t get to do in every job.

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Zoophilic and pedophilic advocacy groups: Political bedfellows?

The work of advocacy groups for minority interests can often provide a fascinating insight into lesser-known manifestations of human activity and belief structures. Many of these advocacy groups seek to represent the concerns of minority and marginalized groups based on some social or geographical nuance or a particular mutual activity. One particularly interesting advocacy case related to sexual paraphilias recently emerged into the media spotlight.

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The England 6s and 2s curse

So the English national football team were knocked out of another major international tournament via a penalty shoot-out last night. In fairness, the Italians were deserving winners – but as we know, once it goes to penalties England always seem more likely to lose. To ease the pain I decided to throw England’s penalty shoot out record into MS Excel and take a basic look at it. Nothing surprising came out of the stats themselves: 9 tournaments qualified for, 6 penalty shoot-outs, 83.3% lost, and 34% of penalties missed.

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