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Evaluations

We believe that violence is preventable and we share the common goal of reducing and preventing serious violence through understanding and tackling its root causes. Our aim is to have a demonstrable, positive impact on the risk and protective factors linked to violence and ultimately secure both short- and long-term reductions in serious violent crime and hospital attendances and admissions for violence related injuries.

One of the ways that we achieve our aim is to commission and test interventions which we believe will have an impact on serious violence locally. We draw on the available evidence-base but also embed evaluation into these interventions so we can test them locally and contribute to our local and national understanding of what works in preventing serious violence and associated harms such as exploitation.

Have our responses been effective?

Now that we understand our local issues and which approaches
work best at tackling them, we should test them to see if they're effective. This involves spending time working out what will be delivered, and how we'll know if it's worked.

What is our serious violence problem and what is causing it?


The first step involves analysing available data and community insights so that we have a good understanding of what violence looks like and what the drivers are.  Because violence and its drives evolve, we review data and insights regularly.

What is the best way for
us to tackle our local
issues?

Next we need to consult the
evidence-base to see what interventions 
the research says
is likely to tackle our local serious vio
lence problem, reduce risk
factors and strengthen protective factors.

How will we share and embed our learning?

 

If we find that an approach is preventing violence, as a partnership we'll make the decision to scale up these interventions so that we can reach more people. We'll also share our learning locally and nationally through publishing reports and knowledge exchange events.

Below is a selection of reports which can be accessed by clicking on the relevant image. 


Evaluation of the Community Resolution and Prevention Service (2021)
 

In October 2021, Rocket Science were commissioned by the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) to conduct an independent evaluation of the Community Resolution and Prevention Service (CRPS) delivered by Leicester City Council. CRPS delivers an early intervention and secondary prevention service for young people up to 18 years of age, who live in Leicester, and who are either subject to a community resolution order or have been identified as being at risk of offending.

The following reports provide a detailed overview and an executive summary of the evaluation findings and key recommendations.

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Evaluation of the Unlocking Potential Project (2021)
 

In October 2021, Rocket Science were commissioned by the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) to conduct an independent evaluation of the Unlocking Potential Project (UPP). The UP Project – delivered by Leicestershire Cares – provides ETE support for young people between the ages of 16 and 25 who have committed a serious violent offence.

The following reports provide a detailed overview and an executive summary of the evaluation findings and key recommendations.

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8 Key Enablers for Achieving Positive Outcomes With Young People
 

Based upon the findings from our internal evaluations and the external evaluations outlined above, we have produced a short report which details the key enablers for achieving positive outcomes with young people.

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Rocket Science were commissioned by the Violence Reduction Network (VRN) to conduct an independent evaluation of the Violence Intervention Project (VIP) which is delivered by Turning Point. VIP is a service provided within custody and the local A&E department for young people up to the age of 25 who have experienced violence. The model is based upon the reachable moment approach which seeks to engage young people at key times in their contact with services.


Evaluation of the Violence Intervention Project (2022)
 


Rapid Evidence Review: Interventions to Prevent and Reduce Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (2024)

Crest Advisory were commissioned by the Home Office in 2022 to work with all 43 police force areas in England and Wales to support the implementation of and provide ongoing support for the Serious Violence Duty (the Duty). The second phase of this work is providing tailored support to areas around the Duty. As we have recently changed our definition, this report provides an understanding of what works to tackle both domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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