A case study of Motiv8’s interventions with young people to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing the risk of offending

Newell, Lauren (2012) A case study of Motiv8’s interventions with young people to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing the risk of offending. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The main findings of this dissertation are:

    - The combination of programmes shown to be the most effective, resulting in the greatest decrease in average ONSET scores, was ‘open access’ and ‘One to One’ support. However, ‘One to One’ on its own showed the least reduction in average risk level.

    - Positive outcomes, measured by a lower ONSET score, were observed after only short periods of engagement, although a more sustained decrease was seen in the young people enrolled for between 12 and 24 months. A comment by a member of staff from the assisted questionnaire about seeing positive outcomes over longer periods of engagement was evidenced in the results of the quantitative data analysis.

    - Young people who have engaged with Motiv8 programmes for several years, gave mixed responses about the role of programmes in reducing boredom and stopping them getting into trouble. One young person highlighted the issue of the fallibility of risk scores by commenting that situations may still arise, which could not have been prevented by their engagement with an intervention.

    - An aim of the mixed methods assisted questionnaire was to reveal any variations from the recommended three monthly intervals for completing ONSET reviews. However, the low response rate to the questionnaires meant that only one staff member and one young person could provide comments to these questions. The member of staff commented on what was considered best practice and not what occurs with their caseload and the young person was neutral about whether their Personal Intervention Plan was reviewed regularly.

    - The literature review reported a lack of available research and problems with the studies that were used in the Youth Justice Board’s evidence base. The absence of any national evaluation of the use of ONSET was considered to undermine the claims of evidence-based practice in the youth justice system. Therefore this project recommends that a number of evaluations be conducted to assess the use of ONSET with young people at different stages in the justice system.

    This project sought to evaluate Motiv8’s programmes and the use of ONSET, by measuring the changes in scores recorded on the UMIS databases, from reviews with 50 young people who engaged with an intervention in the 2009/10 period. In order to achieve this aim, analysis was performed on the quantitative data and triangulated with the opinions of staff and young people from completing assisted questionnaires (AQs). The study reported that the combination of ‘Open Access’ and ‘One to One’ programmes resulted in the greatest decrease of ONSET scores, whereas ‘One to One’ on its own resulted in the least reduction of risk levels. Over a longer engagement on a programme, more positive outcomes were observed, with a steady decrease in the average scores seen across six ONSET reviews. The project concluded that to counteract the methodological issues, which arose due to the low response rate, a number of improvements could be made to the study’s design in order to undertake a more detailed evaluation with a larger sample.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 15:02
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151

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