Evaluating the T2A Pathway Programme
In 2013 a network of six demonstration projects – described as the T2A Pathway Programme – were developed aimed at testing approaches that take account of maturity and transitions for young adults at key points on the T2A Pathway. These demonstrated how services can be developed locally and illustrated how a ‘whole T2A pathway approach’ to working with 18-25 year olds throughout the criminal justice process can work. The projects were led by voluntary sector organisations which already had a track record or an existing project to build on, and were delivered in partnership with statutory agencies. The organisations were: Addaction, Advance, PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust), The Prince’s Trust, Remedi, and Together for Mental Wellbeing. The Programme finished in 2017.
A multi-faceted evaluation of the T2A Pathway Programme evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the six T2A Pathway projects was carried out by Manchester Metropolitan University, and completed in 2018. The over-arching aims of the evaluation were to:
Establish an evidence base for the T2A projects (supporting delivery organisations with data collection and research methods), demonstrate effective interventions and measure the impact of delivering young adult-specific interventions at the T2A pathways points.
Evaluation also provides robust evidence for policy-makers and commissioners at a central and local level.
The T2A final process evaluation report has been published.
A reconviction study and a costs/benefits analysis report is in progress.
Read the first interim evaluation report.
Watch this video which illustrates and describes the evaluation process.
Evaluation of pilot projects 2009-2013
Between 2009 and 2013, the T2A delivered three pilot projects working with more than 1,000 young adults at various stages in the criminal justice process. Each project was tailored to the needs of the individual, with the aim of reducing both the risk of reoffending and social exclusion.
The T2A pilots were in Birmingham, West Mercia and London, and were delivered by Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust, YSS and the St Giles Trust respectively.
These ‘T2A pilots’ were evaluated by the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology formative in 2011. The results were very encouraging:
- Only 9% of young people were reconvicted in this time;
- Only 9% breached the terms of their communnity order or licence;
- Employment rates trebled; and NEET (not in education, employment or training) levels halved.