Fall 2023

ESRP 9000 Professor

Gina Peyton

ESRP 9001 Professor

Gina Peyton

Executive Summary

This strategic research project was designed to highlight that Dismas Charities Inc. Savannah needs to increase progressive programming for inmates during their incarceration. Participation in education and vocational training skills during their incarceration sentencing can increase their employment opportunities and reduce recidivism. Dismas Charities Inc. Savannah is a federal reentry facility which was established in January of 2009 as a transitional center for inmates reintegrating back to the community. Recognizing that wrongdoing may be a community issue, Dismas Charities incorporates families, religious-based organizations, employment centers, skilled workers, and volunteers to form a structure and positive environment that bolsters effective reintegration. After an analysis of the internal and external factors through the application of a SWOT analysis, it was concluded that the significant issue facing the organization was the need to integrate evidence-based programs for inmates while incarcerated.

Through the practice of the Quantitative Strategic Planning Matrix tool (QSPM), identifying and implement evidence-based blueprint programs was selected as the strategy after receiving the highest total attractiveness score (TAS) of 5.83 when rated for its appeal or attractiveness against the internal and external factors. An action plan was developed and outlined the action steps required to effectively implement this strategy. These steps include (a) creating guiding principles; (b) forming an implementation team; (c) determining program funding, financial aid, and budgeting; (d) recruiting, enrolling, and registering students inside of the correctional educational programs, and (e) recruiting and training educational instructor personnel.

Document Type

Strategic Research Project-NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education