Evaluation of the | Reducing Reoffending Change Fund - Research Findings

The independent evaluation of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) assessed the extent to which the Public Social Partnership (PSP) model delivers effective mentoring services that reduce the risk of reoffending and support reintegration, and concluded that there is a strong case for the continuation and expansion of mentoring services.

Findings on PSP outcomes

There are clear advantages to the PSP model and 85% of partners would choose to be part of a PSP again.

The short term outcomes in the PSP logic model have very largely been achieved. There was evidence of increased co-production of services, increased awareness of services provided by partners and other stakeholders, increased trust among partners and, in particular, increased understanding among partners of their respective expertise and potential contribution. The intended short term outcomes of increased inclusion of the user voice and improved communication between partners have been achieved in part.

The medium term outcomes in the PSP logic model have also been achieved in part. There was evidence of improved relationships among public and third sector organisations and improved coordination of services. The intended medium term outcomes of more effective and more efficient services for offenders have been achieved in part. It is too early to say whether the model leads to more sustainable services for offenders or increased involvement of a wide range of partners in service development.

However, the application of the PSP methodology was not the only means by which these outcomes could have been achieved, as they could potentially have been achieved through other funding mechanisms (such as the direct commissioning of services by public sector partners) and other models of working (such as third sector partners collaborating to deliver services outwith the PSP model).


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