Current research programme

We are undertaking secondary analysis of existing inspection data to develop the evidence-base underpinning our inspection standards, at both the organisational level and individual case level. Key topics are as follows:

  • The quality of service user assessment
  • The quality of public protection work
  • The availability and delivery of interventions
  • Enabling staff to deliver a high-quality service
  • The voices of young people under supervision
  • The quality of delivery by type of Youth Offending Team

We will compare findings for different sub-groups (e.g. by age, gender, ethnicity) where possible.

We are undertaking new primary research in the following areas:

  • Methods of service user engagement, including the active engagement of service users in designing, developing and improving the quality of services.
  • Remote supervision and new technologies, exploring their effectiveness in managing probation service users.
  • Community hubs and other multi-agency facilities, exploring the extent to which they can help to engage probation service users and support their desistance.
  • Research and evaluation, exploring the extent to which providers are developing and adding to the evidence-base.