The Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (CCSE) will also undertake a process evaluation of the Life Change Programme (LCP) mentoring scheme designed to influence, shape and reduce re-offending. This is being conducted in both a custodial and community setting via focus groups and case study research. It is anticipated that the evaluation will inform the future development, implementation and delivery of offender management programmes and policies both locally, nationally and internationally. By engaging the perspectives of partners,  the evaluation will identify the strengths of the different local arrangements but also encourage reflection on where they can be improved. The learning on best practice in this arena can then be shared amongst the project partners and also disseminated wider.   Other key elements of the evaluation process include an attempt to capture softer measures of offender behaviour and attitudinal change through an inventory linked to the seven pathways to reduce reoffending and modelled on Dr George Christo’s Inventory of Drugs. A final element of the evaluation process is a concerted effort to analyse reoffending data (recidivism analysis) for a cohort of individuals over the life of the project. The five prong approach to the evaluation of this EU funded project consists of:

  1. Recidivism Analysis
  2. Social Impact Measures
  3. Action Learning Sets
  4. Focus Groups in HMP Liverpool
  5. Case Study Research