Evaluating Social Action for Rehabilitation
Building on our work on positive psychology and restorative justice, the Restorative Justice for All Institute (RJ4All) carried out a two year evaluation of Khulisa UK's intervention programmes in order to build an evidence base for further practice and solid theoretical development. The work is the result of a successful joint bid with Khulisa to the Rehabilitation Social Action Fund funded by the UK Cabinet Office. Dr. Gavrielides, Co-Director of RJ4All, was the project lead for this programme.
The Final Report was launched on Thursday 29th October 2015. To read
The evaluation project
RJ4All conducted quantiative and qualitative fieldwork with a sample group from two interventions, namely “Silence the Violence” and Milestones. These aim to reduce violence and anti-social behaviour through self-awareness and pro-social behaviour change. To achieve their goal, they utilize the Good Lives Models, which seeks to achieve the rehabilitation of offenders by nurturing their personal strengths and goals. We are testing this model as well as the programmes' effectiveness against the Cabinet Office's fund objectives. The research programme has received approval from the UK Ministry of Justice and in particular the National Research Committee of the National Offender Management Service.
Offenders’ journey towards motivation and empathy development begins with the “Silence the Violence” that aims to
Motivate participants to address violence and perpetration
Support them to develop empathy and aspiration
Allow participants to draw on past experiences and strengthen their motivation to change their lives.
Identify participants needs within a pro-social framework.
Following the successful completion of “Silence the Violence”, participants move onto the “Milestones Programme”, which is a resettlement plan developed with their volunteer supporter. The volunteer mentor and mentee-offender work together in order to take a solutions – focused approach to planning for release from prison. Mentors are offering guidance and support for a 6-12 month period focusing on positive outcomes such as: Training, Securing employment,Identifying stable accommodation and developing family relationships with ultimate goal to build resilience, enhance desistance and support “ A Good Life”.
We applied a quantitative methodology through the collection of data directly from the participants - offenders. These were analysed at two phases, using quantitative methods. At the first phase, statistical analyses were conducted in SPSS, using the entire sample. Univariate analyses included descriptive statistics, such as frequency tables and measures of central tendency and dispersion, depending on the type of the variable under examination. Multivariate analyses included inferential statistics for the association of variables, such as crosstabulations, t-tests and regression analyses, depending on the type of the variables in question.
A triangulation of these findings was carried out through:
A review of the Ministry of Justice Data lab
Control Groups that accessed with the support of the Prison National Offender Management Information System (p-NOMIS).
Ethics and Standards
The RJ4All Institute as an independent evaluator and a research-based organisation ensures that ethical standards including the following are followed:
RJ4All Research Ethics Handbook
Data protection Law
Confidentiality and consent form where appropriate
User Engagement policy
Application to the RJ4all Ethics Panel for approval
“Khulisa are delighted to have engaged RJ4All to conduct a longitudinal assessment of our Rehabilitation Social Action Fund project. This is a high-profile initiative for the UK government and, therefore, a critical piece of delivery for us to get right and evidence our impact. The team at RJ4All come with great credentials and experience as well as the indirect support and input from a wide range of experts and academics in related fields. In particular we chose RJ4All because the combine the rigour of standard quantitative analysis with action research methodologies and an embracing of the Good Lives Model.” Simon Fulford, CEO Khulisa