Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Public Policy Leadership

First Advisor

Linda Keena

Second Advisor

Jody Holland

Third Advisor

EJ Edney

Relational Format



This study is a Utilization Focused Evaluation of 2nd Chance Mississippi, a local non-for-profit organization in Oxford Mississippi. The purpose of a Utilization Focused Evaluation is to provide key stakeholders with practical findings and recommendations that will be useful for future operations. The key stakeholders were identified as the administrators of 2nd Chance, Zach and Dickie Scruggs, Catti Beals, and Sarah Rose Lomenick. Research questions were developed with the stakeholders and were as follows:

1) What are the objectives of 2nd Chance Mississippi?

2) Are 2nd Chance Mississippi objectives being met? If so, how?

3) What are the demographic characteristics of 2nd Chance Mississippi’s participants?

The objectives of 2nd Chance were evaluated using the S.M.A.R.T. Goals developed by Drucker (2020). These goals define objectives as being specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. The researcher found that 2nd Chance objectives are achievable and realistic, but can be improved in their measurability and timeliness. The demographic characteristics of 2nd Chance participants revealed key findings about the students being served by the organization, detailing that current students identify mainly as white and female, and the majority have earned a high school equivalency or work force certificate.

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