How we measure impact

We've developed an extensive monitoring framework, which helps us to build up an accurate picture of the progress made by our participants. It allows us to measure the effectiveness of our programmes, and also acts as a 'record of achievement' for our participants.


How we consider development needs

We talk about three different types of needs:

Community Justice | Employability | Wellbeing.

We decide whether participants are included in these groups based on the issues they are facing when they join us, as follows:

Criminal Justice >> Criminal record Previously offended Court order

Employability >> Unemployed Low skilled/ No qualifications Living in jobless household Not in education, employment or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET

Wellbeing >> Mental health issues Young person leaving care History of alcohol abuse History of substance abuse Caring responsibilities


Measuring progression

To measure the progress, we regularly check in and monitor a series of measures covering changes in their attitudes and behaviours. There are 11 separate measures, making up three different factors: Employability; Stability/Risk of Re-offending; Resilience. The factors are constructed as follows:

Resilience >> Mental wellbeing; Confidence; Dealing with challenge

Stability >> Attitudes to negative behaviours; Relationships; Self-care; Managing strong feelings

Risk of re-offending >> As above plus Peer influence (for Community Justice participants only)

Employability >> Ability to set goals and work towards them; Personal responsibility; Give and receive feedback; Accept the opinions of others; Time management


Positive destinations

After participants progress on, we follow up with them to find out if they achieved a positive destination - entrance into employment, education, training or volunteering role. We record both first positive destination, and positive destinations sustained over 3 or 6 months to represent longer-term success.



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