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National Evaluation of On Track Phase Two Longitudinal Cohort Study Strand
Lead organisations: National Centre for Social Research and Policy Research Bureau
BackgroundA consortium led by the Policy Research Bureau has been commissioned to conduct the National Evaluation of Phase Two of On Track (2003-2006), an initiative now part of the Children's Fund and administered by Department for Education and Skills. The other consortium members for the evaluation are the National Centre for Social Research and 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 is 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 consists of five "core" 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 family/school partnerships. There is also a further "specialist" category of intervention. The overall aim is 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 (2000-2003).
What did the research focus on?This strand of the evaluation explored:
What did the research involve?The cohort study followed a panel of On Track service users, residents in On Track areas and residents in comparable, or non-On Track areas, over the course of 12 months from 2004 to 2005.
Data collection was by face-to-face computer-assisted interview, using a combination of validated standardised measures and measures specially designed for the survey. Thus, there were three elements to the sample in the survey:
Timescale and final products of the researchFieldwork for the study took place in 2004 and 2005.
A report on the first wave was published in 2006, and a final report on both waves will be published in early 2008
See Publications for details
Last updated February 2008