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Evaluating youth justice in the UK.

Paylor, Ian and Simmill-Binning, Cheryl (2004) Evaluating youth justice in the UK. American Journal of Evaluation, 25 (3). pp. 335-349. ISSN 1557-0878

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Abstract

In the UK, following the Crime and Disorder Act of 1998, the Youth Justice Board (YJB) funded over 450 separate crime prevention schemes. The YJB in approving these various schemes stressed the importance of monitoring and evaluation. Local evaluators were appointed whose role was to report back to the funding agency and the national evaluators. We were commissioned to undertake the local evaluation of four separate schemes. This article attempts an overview of the evaluation process and identifies five crucial areas that raise questions about whether the Youth Offending Teams are the ‘unqualified success’ and such a fine example of ‘joined-up government’ that the Youth Justice Board claims (YJB, 2001). In this article, we examine the setting up process (and offer a case study of one particular scheme), issues of inter-agency work and the links between schemes and local communities; procedures and protocols and on what evidence policy was being based; the relationship between the national and local evaluators (and other stakeholders); and finally, the feasibility of achieving the scheme’s ambitions given the duration of the funding and the resources available.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Evaluation
Additional Information: 50% contribution RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 3257
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 25 Mar 2008 10:12
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:12
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3257

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