Research and Evaluation

Research and Evaluation

The Safer Living Foundation believe in evaluating all projects from the outset, with a view that evidence-based practice and service user involvement are key to the planning and delivery of any new initiative. Nottingham Trent University provide ongoing evaluations for each project that the charity runs.

This area of the website will provide you with an overview of our evaluation ethos, and up to date findings will be published here when they become available.

What do our evaluations look like?

Our evaluations focus on two aspects: (1) The process and (2) The outcomes.

(1) The process: This involves examining all aspects of the service that is being delivered, looking at what works well and what could be improved. For example, we often conduct interviews with service users as they engage with a project, to find out what their experiences are and whether they would prefer anything to be different or improved. The outcomes from this can then be fed back into the service delivery to bring about positive changes to our projects.

(2) The outcomes: This involves examining whether the aims and objectives of each project are being achieved. For example, an aim of our Circles of Support and Accountability projects is that there will be a reduction in loneliness and isolation and an increase in mental wellbeing and so we measure these before and after a Circle finishes, to see whether these aims have been achieved.

Find a copy of our latest evaluation report here!

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Attached posters from the Safer Living Foundations recent attendance and preentation at the Annual BPS Division of Forensic Psychology Confernce held in Newcastle June 2018. One is for the YPCoSA ebaluation, nd one on the Auror project (prvention) evaluation.

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Prevention in the UK: How are we tackling sexual (re) offending? 9 April 2018 

Conference Presentations


Mixed Method Evaluation of 188 UK-Wide Community Circles of Support and Accountability (ESC, Cardiff, September 2017)


Desistance through Prison-Based Circles of Support and Accountability (ESC, Cardiff, September 2017)


Circles of Support and Accountability (The Whatton Conference, HMP Whatton June 2017)


A retrospective exploration of viable prevention
strategies - helping individuals to avoid committing
their first sexual offence against a child (IATSO, Copenhagen, September 2016)

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University of Nottingham Trent Study Day: Nottingham, December 2015

(1) The Safer Living Foundation Circles of Support and Accountability

(2) Community Reintegration and release from prison: Convicted sexual offenders


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Circles of Support and Accountability: The Prison Model (ATSA, Montreal, October 2015)


Prison-based Circles of Support and Accountability (International CoSA Conference, Barcelona, November 2014)


Prison-based Circles of Support and Accountability: A New Approach to Sex Offender Reintegration (NTU Criminology Conference, NTU, 2014)