Kevin Wong

Associate Director - Criminal Justice
Kevin Wong

Responsibilities

Kevin Wong joined PERU in January 2017 as Associate Director, Criminal Justice. He is responsible for leading the unit’s work on criminal and community justice and voluntary sector delivery of justice services. He is currently managing projects with: the Barrow Cadbury Trust - the evaluation of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Pathways Programme; Catch 22 – the evaluation of the Bristol Dawes Gangs Unit; and the evaluation of the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance and the Accord Sex Offender Management Programme.  

Kevin is Co-Editor of the British Journal of Community Justice managed and hosted by PERU at MMU.

Background

Prior to joining PERU, Kevin was previously Acting Director at the Hallam Centre for Criminal Justice at Sheffield Hallam University where he lead multi-site process and impact evaluations across the criminal justice system including projects, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and Home Office. Some of his recent projects have looked at payment by results pilots, the Local Justice Reinvestment Pilot and Youth Justice Reinvestment Custody Pathfinder; Cost comparison analysis of Layered Offender Management and Tiering in Prison; National evaluation of the Intensive Alternatives to Custody (IAC)  pilot programme; and Building Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) capacity in Integrated Offender Management. He has also led the impact evaluation of the Government's Adult Out of Court Disposal Pilot and the quantitative data analysis for the Department for Transport's Careless Driving, Fixed Penalty Notice evaluation.

Kevin has a long-standing interest in the voluntary sector delivery of justice interventions and evaluations he has led in this area include: the Transition to Adulthood Pathway Programme commissioned by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, a key influencer with Government and leading funder of voluntary sector led justice policy initiatives; and the impact of mentoring and other employment support on reoffending outcomes for SOVA a leading VCS offender training provider. He has also researched and evaluated Hate Crime reporting and support services for victims in rural and urban settings.

Kevin was previously an Assistant Director at Nacro, the principal crime reduction charity in the UK, where he had extensive experience of working with local criminal justice agencies, VCS and statutory agencies to develop a wide range of support services for offenders in the community and custody.

Expertise

  • Multi-site project management
  • Criminal and community justice policy development
  • Integrated Offender Management
  • Justice reinvestment
  • Payment by results
  • Hate crime reporting and victim services
  • Voluntary sector delivery of justice services
  • Young adults and the criminal justice system
  • Qualitative data analysis

Research Activity

  • Director of the Evaluation of the Koestler Arts Awards assessing the impact of the awards on prisoner well-being and behaviour
  • Director of the Evaluation of the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance
  • Co-Director of the Evaluation of the Greater Manchester Custody Healthcare Liaison and Diversion Service for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester
  • Director of the Phase 2 Evaluation of the  Enablers of Change Needs Assessment and Sentence Planning tool for adult offenders commissioned by Interserve
  • Director of the Accord Programme Evaluation for Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • Director of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) Pathways Programme evaluation funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • Director of the Catch 22 Bristol Dawes Gangs Unit evaluation funded by the Dawes Charitable Trust
  • Director of the Whole System Approach to Women Offenders in Greater Manchester Evaluation commissioned by the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Director of the quantitative analysis component of the Careless Driving Fixed Penalty Notice Evaluation for the Department of Transport
  • Director for the quantitative analysis and cost collection component of the Adult Out of Court Disposal Pilot evaluation commissioned by the Ministry of Justice
  • Director of the Hallam Centre for Community Justice component of the evaluation of Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) Phase 4 for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Director of the Catch 22 Wolverhampton Dawes Gangs Unit evaluation funded by the Dawes Charitable Trust
  • Manager for the Serco New Zealand Academic Partnership, Mount Eden Correctional Facility
  • Director for research into understanding the prevalence of hate crime in Suffolk and the needs of hate crime victims
  • Manager for evaluating the impact of mentoring and other employment support interventions on offending for SOVA
  • Manager for the evaluation of the Youth Justice Custody Reinvestment Pathfinder commissioned by the Ministry of Justice
  • Manager for the evaluation Local Justice Reinvestment Pilot commissioned by the Ministry of Justice
  • Manager for the process impact and economic evaluation of Integrated Offender Management Programme in Sussex commissioned by the Sussex Local Criminal Justice Board
  • Manager for the evaluation of Voluntary Sector involvement in Integrated Offender Management pilot commissioned by the Home Office
  • Manager for the evaluation of Layered Offender Management and Tiering in Prisons commissioned by National Offender Management Service
  • Manager for the evaluation of the Intensive Alternatives to Custody Pilot programme commissioned by the Ministry of Justice/National Offender Management Service
  • Manager for the evaluation of the Derbyshire Intensive Alternatives to Custody Pilot programme commissioned by the Ministry of Justice/National Offender Management Service
  • Director of the impact evaluation component of the evaluation of the London Reducing Reoffending Programme

Publications

  • Wong, K. (2018) Can Justice Reinvestment Deliver Social Justice . In C Roberson (Ed) Routledge Handbook of Social Economic and Criminal Justice. New York. Routledge
  • Kinsella, R. Clarke, B. Lowthian, J. Ellison, M. Kiss, Z. Wong K. (2018) Whole System Approach to Women Offenders Final Evaluation Report, Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Horan, R. Wong, K. (2018) Evaluation of the Enablers of Change Tool and Process Technical Report. Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Wong K. (2017) Community Justice in R. Kerley (Ed) The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Wiley
  • Wong K. (2017) Community Service. In R. Kerley (Ed)The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Wiley
  • Wong, K. & Christmann, K. (2017) 'Hate Crime Victimisation': in Cliff Roberson (Ed.) Handbook on Victims Issues in Criminal Justice, Routledge USA.
  • Wong, K., Kinsella, R., Bamonte, J., Meadows, L. (2017) T2A Final Process Evaluation Report. Manchester. Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Wong, K. & Christmann, K. (2016) Hate Crime Reporting: Narrowing the gap between policy aspiration and victim inclination, British Journal of Community Justice 14/3. 5-23
  • Wong, K. Christmann, K. (2016) Justice reinvestment: "Motherhood and apple pie" - Matching ambition to capacity and capability. Federal Sentencing Reporter, 29:1 University of California Press
  • Wong, K., Lowthian, J., Meadows, L., Ellingworth, D., Kinsella, R. (2016) Transition to Adulthood Pathway Programme Evaluation: First Interim Report. Sheffield, Hallam Centre for Community Justice, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Christmann, K. & Wong, K. (2016) The impact of enhance resettlement provision on short term prisoners – a recidivism study., British Journal of Community Justice 14/3. 63-80
  • Wong, K., Ellingworth, D., Meadows, L. (2015) Local Justice Reinvestment Pilot: Final process evaluation report. London: Ministry of Justice Analytical Services.
  • Wong, K., Ellingworth, D., Meadows, L. (2015) Youth Justice Reinvestment Custody Pathfinder: Final process evaluation report. London: Ministry of Justice Analytical Services
  • Wong, K., Fox, C., & Albertson, K., (2014) Justice Reinvestment in an “Age of Austerity”: Developments in the United Kingdom, Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice, 9:1, 76-99 View publication »
  • Meadows, L. Kinsella, R. Ellingworth, D. Wong, K. Senior, P. (2014) 'Mapping restorative provision in England and Wales - National Report'. Restorative Justice Council, NOMS
  • Wong, K., (2013) Integrated Offender Management: Assessing the impact and benefits – holy grail or fool’s errand? British Journal of Community Justice Vol. 11(2-3): 59-81 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
  • Fox, C., Albertson, K. and Wong, K. (2013) Justice Reinvestment: Can the Criminal Justice System deliver more for less? London: Routledge View publication »
  • Fox, C., Albertson, K. and Wong, K. (2013) ‘Justice Reinvestment and its potential contribution to criminal justice reform’, Prison Service Journal, No. 207: 34- 46.
  • Wong , K., Meadows, L., Warburton, F., Webb, S., Young, H., Barraclough, N., (2013) The development and Year One implementation of the Local Justice Reinvestment Pilot, Ministry of Justice, London
  • Wong , K., Meadows, L., Warburton, F., Webb, S., Ellingworth, D., Bateman, T., Young, H., Barraclough, N., (2013) Youth Justice Reinvestment Custody Pathfinder - Findings and delivery lessons from the first year of implementation , Ministry of Justice, London
  • Wong, K., (2013) “The Emperor’s new clothes - Can Big Society deliver criminal justice?” in Cowburn, M., Senior, P., Robinson, A., Duggan, M. (Eds.) Values in Criminology and Community Justice, Policy Press
  • Wong, K., O'Keeffe, C., Ellingworth, D., Senior, P., (2012) Intensive Alternatives to Custody Process evaluation of pilots in five areas. London: Ministry of Justice
  • Wong, K., O'Keeffe, C., Ellingworth, D., Wilkinson, K., Meadows, L., Davidson, J. and Bird, H. (2012) Process Evaluation of Intensive Alternatives to Custody Derbyshire Pilot. London: Ministry of Justice
  • Wong, K., O’Keeffe, C., Meadows, L., Davidson, J., Bird, Hayden., Wilkinson, K., and Senior, P. (2012) Increasing the voluntary and community sector’s involvement in Integrated Offender Management, London: Home Office
  • Senior, P. Wong, K. O’ Keeffe, C., Culshaw, A., Ellingworth, D., & Meadows, L. (2011) Evaluation of Five Integrated Offender Management Pioneer Areas (with) Ministry of Justice/Home Office, Research Series 4/11
  • Wong, K. O’ Keeffe, C. Ellingworth, D., Meadows, L., Davidson, J., Bird, H., Wilkinson, K and Senior, P (2010) Review of the Piloting of Layered Offender Management and Tiering in Custody Submitted and approved by Ministry of Justice
  • Christmann, K. and Wong, K., (2010) Hate crime victims and hate crime reporting: some impertinent questions in N Chakraborti (ed.) Hate Crime Concepts, policy, future direction Devon: Willan Publishing (pp 194-208)
  • Wong, K. (2009) Do the right thing: the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report 10 years on, in Safer Communities, Volume 8, Issue 3
  • Wong, K., Hartworth, C., (2009) Integrated Offender Management and Third Sector Engagement: Case studies of four pioneer sites, Nacro
  • Wong, K. and Christmann, K, (2008) The role of victim decision making in the reporting of hate crimes, in Safer Communities, Volume 7, Issue 2

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