Evidence is at the heart of Safe Ground’s work. We are committed to a rolling programme of independent research to better understand both our model of change and the impact of our work, as well as providing meaningful contributions at policy level. Our programmes are constantly being developed and refined in response to this research to ensure that the needs of the people we work with are always at the forefront of what we do.
Over the past twelve years, Safe Ground have commissioned 13 independent evaluations and reviews, assessing our programmes’ impact across a broad spectrum of areas that have included; family ties, identity, self-confidence and resilience, engagement in education, training and employment, prisoner-staff relationships, adjudication rates and reoffending. A full list of our evaluations can be found here.
Alongside our programme evaluations, Safe Ground continues to play a leading role in developing and strengthening the wider evidence base across the voluntary and criminal justice sectors. To this effect, we have partnered with a multitude of key stakeholders, including New Philanthropy Capital, the Fatherhood Institute, Barnardos and the Prisoners Education Trust, in a wide variety of innovative research. A complete list of our collaborative endeavours can be viewed here.
The end of April saw Safe Ground run a pilot delivery of Man Up with young offenders in HMPYOI Wetherby. This pilot run required the young men to have confidence a) to say yes to the challenge b) in each other as a group b) 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 and c) 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