The Government of Sweden has requested ISSAT support to conduct a baseline study of the juvenile justice system in Albania in relation to the areas covered by the programme 'Enhanced capacity of Albanian law enforcement agencies and Courts to meet human rights standards in juvenile justice – a comprehensive justice chain approach' launched in 2017. The programme is implemented jointly by the Swedish Police, Swedish Prosecution Authority, the Swedish National Courts Administration and the Swedish Prison and Probation Services and covers the following cooperation areas:
- Legislative review/implementation
- Tools and organizational structures
- Enhanced staff capacity: training and guidelines
- Inter-agency cooperation and coordination
Mandate outputs / products
- A detailed baseline study report
- The baseline study should provide analysis of the current situation (strengths/weaknesses) related to the four programme intervention areas and an overview of the current national monitoring/evaluation system related to juvenile justice.
- The options paper will provide a list of possible indicators for each programme objective as well as indicate possible sources of information, building on the work that has already been done by the programme team in this area. The options paper should also propose options for developing a robust programme monitoring/evaluation system to track performance over time.
- 1) The justice sector in Albania applies a coordinated approach to monitoring and evaluation of the juvenile justice system
- 2) The programme and national institutions systematically monitor performance in the four programme cooperation areas.
3) National institutions develop and maintain robust data related to case management, sentencing probation and detention of juveniles in conflict with the law.
Intended immediate outcomes of mandate
The baseline study will analyse the existing strengths and weaknesses of the legal framework, structures, capacity, and coordination systems governing the juvenile justice system. The assessment will complement and build upon the findings of the feasibility study undertaken by the Swedish Government in May 2015.
The baseline study will also provide a comprehensive overview of the existing national monitoring and evaluation system for juvenile justice, which will enable the programme team to complement and reinforce national structures with regard to the demands for data throughout the life cycle of the programme. This includes analysis of available data, quality and integrity of monitoring mechanisms, coordination of data between institutions, and an overview of gaps in information/analysis within the system.