Educational Administration, Department of


Date of this Version

Fall 12-4-2015


Hanson, J., A Fiscal Model Program Theory Proposal for Training Reentry Citizens Ex-Convicts to Remodel Abandoned Houses. (Ed.D. dissertation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015)


A DISSERTATION Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Doctor of Education, Major: Educational Studies (Educational Leadership and Higher Education), Under the Supervision of Professor Brent Cejda. Lincoln, Nebraska: December, 2015

Copyright (c) 2015 James A. Hanson


The purpose of this study was to develop and examine a fiscal program theory model and proposal for training reentry citizen ex-convicts to remodel abandoned houses. A sustainable program theory model describes ways that training and employing these citizens to remodel abandoned houses may be expected to have benefits to a community. The recently released ex-convicts will learn a construction trade, earn a sustainable wage, and the once-abandoned houses will be returned to the city tax rolls. Vocational education and workforce training are key to this program. The literature indicates that national jobless rates for recently released inmates is well above 50% in many parts of the U.S. (Greenfield, 2011). The literature also indicates that there are no programs in which home building inside-the-walls successfully supported an outside-the-walls program, once the ex-convicts are released. The methodology used for this study was a program proposal model which was grounded in a corresponding logic model. The program theory model illustrates the ways in which proposed inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes’ IF-THEN evidence will establish connections between what is expected and what is to be accomplished (Chen, 2005; Wilder Research, 2009). This research proposes a business model that is intended to become self–sufficient, one that will eventually produce a sustainable capital stream. Once established as a sustainable business model, it can be expanded to train more exconvicts, rehabilitate more homes, add to community resources, and reduce recidivism. The framework for this model was based upon Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and Becker’s human capital theory. Through this theoretical framework, additional long-term benefits to this in developing and examining this model include stabilized neighborhoods and improving public schools, anticipating lower incarceration costs, reduced demand for prison construction, a decrease in incarceration and recidivism rates and the consequences to society. This program also has state and national implications.

Advisor: Brent Cejda