This document provides a digest of research and policy.
It includes some Cordis Bright research recently published. For instance, YEF published our Pilot Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) report of Salford Foundation’s STEER programme. STEER is a six-month mentoring, coaching, family support and case management programme that aims to reduce offending amongst at-risk young people. STEER targets 10-17 year-olds who are at risk of involvement in crime because they have an association with a peer or family member(s) involved in serious violence, organised crime, or gangs, and have demonstrated certain risk factors (such as exhibiting violent behaviour). Delivered by trained youth workers, the programme involves four weeks of initial interactions and assessment, followed by 24 weeks of weekly one-hour, face-to-face, one-to-one mentoring. Young people also receive an additional one hour of weekly casework support, and parents and carers are offered 14 hours of Family Support Work. Our report can be seen here. Based on this report we are pleased to be supporting this project progress to a robust RCT efficacy trial.
We have also been working on a Randomised Controlled Trial evaluation of Future Men’s Boys Development Programme (BDP) which is also funded by YEF and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). The rationale for an RCT evaluation of the BDP is strong. Evidence shows that young people from ethnic minority backgrounds and low-income households are disproportionately at risk of disengagement and exclusion from school in the UK. However, there is limited evidence on what works to support these young people to remain engaged with school. In addition, while evidence suggests that social-emotional approaches may improve educational outcomes, few studies have taken an experimental evaluation approach to testing this in the UK. This study will therefore build on this limited evidence base, and assess the extent to which targeted, social-emotional programmes for boys at risk of disengagement and exclusion improve school engagement. YEF and EEF have recently published the trial protocol for the study, which sets out our approach to the efficacy study in more detail.
Download the Pulse below to access these reports and learn about other research that has been published recently.