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Our Impact

Evidence is at the heart of Safe Ground’s work.

We are committed to a rolling programme of independent research to better understand our model of change; the impact of our work, and to provide meaningful contributions at policy level.

Our programmes are constantly being developed and refined in response to research. This ensures the needs of the people we work with are always at the forefront of what we do.

Programme evaluations

Over the past twelve years, Safe Ground have commissioned 13 independent evaluations and reviews. They’ve assessed our programmes’ impact across a broad spectrum of areas including:

  • Family ties
  • Identity
  • Self-confidence and resilience
  • Engagement in education
  • Training and employment
  • Prisoner-staff relationships
  • Adjudication rates and reoffending

Research Projects

Safe Ground continues to play a leading role in developing and strengthening the wider evidence base across the voluntary and criminal justice sectors.

We’ve partnered with a multitude of key stakeholders, including New Philanthropy Capital, the Fatherhood Institute, Barnardo’s, and the Prisoners’ Education Trust, in a wide variety of innovative research.

Man Up

Safe Ground ran a pilot delivery of Man Up with young offenders in HMPYOI Wetherby.

This pilot run required the young men to have confidence:

  • To say yes to the challenge
  • In each other as a group
  • To dig deep and make connections with thoughts, feelings, values and needs in a way they may not have been encouraged to do in the past
  • To present their thinking and process to professionals from across the prison estate

One participant wrote a letter in response to his experience on Man Up. It speaks for itself.

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