Evidence, outcomes and evaluation
CJVSF supports and promotes the use of evidence-based practice and decision-making within criminal justice. This page provides information about CJVSF activities and relevant tools and resources relating to evidence, outcomes and evaluation.
Case studies of evidence use in criminal justice
Looking for examples of interesting practice in relation to evidence use in criminal justice?
We have recently been working with our members to develop a series of case studies that show how third sector criminal justice organisations use evidence to improve their service design and delivery. Copies of these case studies can be found at the following links:
Addressing barriers to outcomes measurement
Following a growing interest in outcomes measurement amongst our members, CJVSF established a short-life working group to draw together evidence about the issues and challenges that third sector providers working within criminal justice face in relation to outcomes measurement. The group also identified a set of principles that could help to address these barriers. Further details can be found here.
Evidence related events
In collaboration with the Scottish Government, Evaluation Support Scotland and The Robertson Trust, CJVSF ran an event in February 2014 looking at ‘What constitutes good evidence?’. This event was for third sector providers, Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) and independent funders. A copy of the event report, along with the presentations from the event, can be found at the links below:
- Evidence event report
- Venture Trust presentation on evidence use
- Scottish Government presentation on the Reducing Reoffending Evaluation Pack
We are currently working with a range of other organisations interested in evidence use within criminal justice services to develop a follow-up event to take place in March 2015.
Tools and resources for supporting evidence-based practice
Reducing Reoffending Evaluation Pack
The Scottish Government has produced a Reducing Reoffending Evaluation Pack, based on a 4-step approach which clearly shows the contribution that an individual service or project is making to achieving longer term social change (outcomes):
- Step 1. Review the existing evidence base
- Step 2. Draw a logic model of how your service works
- Step 3. Identify indicators and collect monitoring data
- Step 4. Evaluate the logic model.
A number of CJVSF members have used the 4-step approach and have found it to be particularly helpful for supporting the development of a theory of change (logic model) to inform service development and support the design of service evaluation. This approach has also been incorporated in to the process for developing partnerships for delivering services in prisons. Further information about the Partnership Packs for prison-based services can be found here.
Links to further tools, resources and research evidence can be found on our resources page.
Feature photo: Kwong Chung Lee, Turning Point, contributor to the HSEU’s No Place Like Home photo competition in 2013