Strategic Plan


The major goals for the RRDRJ program in the next three years include: Service Delivery, Community Engagement and Program Sustainment


Service Delivery-To provide Rural Red Deer communities with a safe, timely, accessible, acceptable and appropriate restorative justice option to repair harms caused by non-violent offences.

Community Engagement– To engage members of the community so the benefits of restorative justice and the routine use of restorative processes are both recognized and achieved.

Program Sustainment– To develop a plan to support the long-term sustainability of a rural RJ program in Central Alberta


The strategies being developed to achieve these goals are as follows:

Service Delivery
  1. Establish an operating structure for the Rural Red Deer RJ Program
  2. Develop and refine the RJ process to be used in rural Red Deer communities
  3. Establish a referral process that supports Blackfalds RMCP with an alternate justice approach for young non-violent offenders between ages of 12-25
  4. Extend option for alternate justice approach (diversion) for young offender to other police services in rural communities that surround Red Deer and wish to participate in the program
  5. Acquire appropriate venues/options for venues to hold offender/victim interviews and RJ conferences
  6. Ensure adequate number of trained facilitators to support program
  7. Facilitate restorative measures by developing partnerships with existing programs and community resources
Community Engagement
  1. Establish RJ Community Advisory Council with appropriate representation
  2. Build community awareness with social media options that include Facebook, Instagram, Website, press releases, newsletters, information events.
  3. Include links to website in supporting communities/programs/schools so information is easy to access and find.
  4. Build community partnerships: Schools, Businesses, Programs to support young offender reparation options
  5. Support schools in utilization of restorative processes with a model to support prevention and de-escalation of crime risk behaviours
  6. Build a network of resources to support the diverse needs of the populations being served.
  7. Establish an RJ Network with rural communities
Program Sustainment
  1. Funding
    • Develop an annual budget based on cases/year
    • Establish a fund-raising group to seek out and apply for funding options such as grants, sponsorships and donations
  2. Establish Specialty Working groups to build teams and lead the following activities:
    • Recruitment/interviewing/on-boarding, of facilitators and new volunteers. Recruit 2-3 volunteer facilitators/year to address turn over
  3. Education
    • Develop RRDRJ specific Facilitator orientation/mentoring activities to alleviate cost of contracting education, support foundations of ARJA and build confidence and competence among facilitators
    • Establish partnership with schools and colleges to build resources and provide internships
  4. Social media/marketing
    • Facebook, Instagram,
    •  website
    • community education, public awareness campaigns
  5. Build Partnerships
    • Establish partnerships with other related programs such as Colleges, FASD, YJCs and other RJ committees in Alberta and Canada

Indicators of Success

To help us evaluate how well the strategies selected help us to achieve our desired goals, the following indicators of success will be measured and reported on quarterly and annually.

Service delivery
  • Program structure, guidelines developed and in place, facilitators trained and on-boarded
  • Number of cases referred
  • Number of conferences held
  • Intake assessment within 15 days of referral
  • RJ conference within 4 weeks of referral
  • Proportion participant’s satisfaction
  • Proportion Restorative Actions identified and agreed to by both the wrong doer and the person harmed
  • Proportion of completed contracts
  • Proportion recidivism from cases conferenced within a specific time frame (1, 2, 3 years)
Community Engagement
  • Advisory Councils are well attended
  • Number of followers on social media, number of hits/likes engagements
  • Number of community talks/presentations
  • Citizen engagement in RJ program/processes in their community
Program sustainment
  • Annualized funding addresses required program expenses
  • Leadership volunteers are recruited for each category of work and working groups are established
  • Number of facilitators who are onboarded and trained/year
  • Cases/facilitator/year
  • Number/type of learning opportunities and participation
  • Number of social media “hits”, likes, engagements
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