We know the importance of evaluating how well KeepOut is performing – for ourselves, for our funders and for our partners.
The KeepOut evaluation sub group meets regularly to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the scheme against its targets. We focus on our two main aims – how well are we diverting young people from crime and how well are we supporting the rehabilitation and reduction in reoffending of prisoners.
Measuring our success – in terms of showing hard evidence of impact and outcomes – is not always easy. We use both quantitative and qualitative evidence to show the worth and value of KeepOut.
For example, we use pre- and post-event questionnaires to analyse young people’s change in behaviour and attitude as a result of their attendance at KeepOut events. This questionnaire data demonstrates evidence of our programmes having an important and measurable impact on diverting young people from crime.
Our latest evaluation report, KeepOut and Young People (June 2014) sets out this evidence in more detail. The report places a particular emphasis on changes in behaviour and offending rates amongst the young attendees.
We follow up a sample cohort of KeepOut prisoners released each year to measure their progress towards rehabilitation. Of the last cohort analysed, only 20% reoffended (compared to the national average of over 55%). And more than half of them were in work, studying or volunteering.
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