Transition to Adulthood T2A Pathways Programme Evaluation

The T2A Pathway Programme was launched in January 2014 to test innovative ways of working with young adults at the key points of the criminal justice system - the T2A Pathways Model.  Over three years the programme has delivered interventions to young adults via six projects across England, with the aim of reducing reoffending and their involvement in the criminal justice system. These six projects represent collectively a whole pathway approach to working with 16-24 year olds throughout the criminal justice process.  They have been run by voluntary organisations: Addaction, Advance Minerva, PACT (Prison Advice and Care Trust), The Prince’s Trust, Remedi, and Together for Mental Wellbeing. The programme and this evaluation have been commissioned by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

What is the need?

The House of Commons Justice Committee recently completed a review of Young Adults in the criminal justice system in October 2016.  Among their recommendations was a call for developing a and evidence base for interventions with young adults. evaluating promising programmes that worked with young adults.

Our evaluation will help to develop this evidence base, assessing the effectiveness of the T2A projects and measuring the impact of delivering young adult specific interventions across the pathways points.

What are we doing?

A process, impact and economic evaluation.  The process evaluation will examine how the projects have been developed and implemented, interviewing project staff, beneficiaries and partner agencies and analysing management information collected by the projects. The impact evaluation will comprise a reconviction study using Police National Computer (PNC) data and analysis of intermediate outcomes such as reductions in substance misuse, acceptance onto a training course and improvements in mental well-being.  The economic evaluation will assess the costs and benefits of the pathway programme.

What will be the outcomes?

The outcomes will provide robust evidence for policy-makers and commissioners at a central and local level.

What are the timescales?

2017 is the final year of the evaluation. We will be producing the final process evaluation report by June 2017 and the impact evaluation and cost benefit analysis report by the end of the year.

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