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Defining (and Changing) Your Organization's Culture, Values, Assumptions and Beliefs

Changing Culture -- Part 1

ToersBijns, Carl, 2017

Changing Culture -- Part 2

ToersBijns, Carl, 2017

The Corrections Learning Organization

National Institute of Corrections, 2016

This NIC White Papers explains how you can make your agency into a learning organization by utilizing the work of Peter Senge and following the example of the Blue Angels.


Achieving Performance Excellence (APEX)

Achieving Performance Excellence (APEX) is a business model that offers a systems approach to change, specifically for correctional organizations. It provides multiple tools and strategies to build sustainable capacity toward higher performance, evidence-based practices, and data-driven decision making. Safety and security is one of the foundational principles of APEX. In addition, this model provides a pathway for agencies to create an organizational culture and a management environment that encourages innovative ideas to improve services, processes, and results.
APEX includes these components:

  1. The APEX Public Safety Model
  2. The APEX Guidebook Series
  3. The APEX Assessment Tool Protocol
  4. The APEX Change Agent Training

The APEX Public Safety Model includes eight domains that reflect the shared vision and operating values of everyone working in any corrections system. In this model, the Organizational Culture domain is placed at the top to show that it is an umbrella over the organization, how it operates, and what it values. The Leadership, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Focus, Workforce Focus, and Operations Focus domains rest on a foundation of Measurement, Analysis, and Knowledge Management. All domains lead to Results.

Corrections Innovations Needs Tool

RAND Corporation, Safety and Justice Program, 2015

Institutional and community corrections agencies face increasingly complex tasks and challenges today. It is important, therefore, to identify opportunities where changes in tools, technology, practices, or approaches can help agencies respond more effectively to solve problems and mitigate risks in their role to protect the public.

Document ID: 029764

Resilience in Corrections: A Proactive Approach to Changing Conditions

Connelly, Michael, and David Feldman, 2014

This white paper describes the issues facing corrections policy and leadership as the impacts of climate change and its related consequences confront departments, agencies, and facilities in coming years.

Document ID: 028089

Mastering Your Role As a Front-Line Effective Supervisor: 10 Keys To Build Towards Success

McDonald, Dalonika, 2013

This is an excellent overview of what it takes for you to be a truly successful front-line supervisor.

Document ID: 027313

Corrections Staff Well-Being Programs -- To Implement or Not?

Spinaris, Caterina, Gregory Morton, and Mike Denhof, 2012

This article examines issues that correctional agencies might consider when discussing the implementation of programs designed to prevent and remediate Corrections Fatigue and related organizational climate and staff well-being issues.