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National Evaluation of On Track Phase Two Community Profiling Strand

Lead organisation: Policy Research Bureau

A consortium led by the Policy Research Bureau was commissioned to conduct the National Evaluation of Phase Two of On Track, a major initiative funded by the Derpartment for Education and Skills, as part of the Children's Fund, aimed at reducing youth crime. The other consortium members were the National Centre for Social Research and the Jill Dando Institute for Crime Science, University College London.

On Track, established in 24 areas across England and Wales, was originally devised by the Home Office in 1999 as a pilot or 'demonstration' programme as part of their wider Crime Reduction Programme (CRP). The aim of the CRP was to reduce crime by designing preventative and responsive measures based on researched and evidence-based initiatives that demonstrate 'what works' in crime prevention. The On Track model consisted of six types of intervention with families and young people aged 4-12 years old: home visiting, pre-school education; parent support and training; family therapy; and home-school partnerships; plus a sixth 'specialist' category. The aim was to target risk factors for youth crime, and boost protective factors. The first phase of the On Track evaluation was conducted by the University of Sheffield.

What did the research focus on?

Community Profiling refers to the collection of neighbourhood level statistics for the purposes of describing the communities in which On Track services were delivered. It also endeavours to measure over time the kinds of impacts that might be identified at the broader community level as a result of the services delivered by each of the local projects.

What did the research involve?

The community profiling strand of the On Track evaluation involved:
  1. Review of previous data collection in Phase One of the evaluation
  2. Data audit
  3. Mapping primary data requirements and design of templates
  4. Data collection
  5. Analysis and Reporting e.g. on rates of crime and youth crime, and uptake of local services

Timescale and final products of the research

This strand of the evaluation ran from December 2003 to June 2005 with an initial report produced in October 2005. The final; report will be produced in October 2005.

See Publications for details

Last updated February 2008