Evaluating and ending well

Kathryn Farrow, Gill Kelly and Bernadette Wilkinson

in Offenders in focus

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347879
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302865 | DOI:
Evaluating and ending well

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The principle of evaluation is now largely accepted as an essential component of evidence-based practice. Evaluation and practice must not become separated, otherwise practice will ossify and lack responsiveness to changes in the rest of the criminal justice system. This chapter discusses evaluation with a view to encouraging the practitioner to feel more confident about evaluating their own practice with offenders and also to read and make use of published research. It explores the historic lack of evaluation of work with offenders and outlines the benefits to the offender, particularly in terms of ‘ending well’, but also for the practitioner and service delivery as a whole. It then examines terminology and techniques of evaluation, particularly the practice of single case design. The emphasis throughout is on the practitioner perspective and the contribution evaluation and reflective practice can make to improving risk management and responsivity.

Keywords: evaluation; evidence-based practice; risk management; responsivity; criminal justice; offenders; ending well; service delivery; single case design

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