Evidence

Research

Challenge to Change has been regularly evaluated in independent research studies for more than 15 years. This consistently shows a lower rate of reoffending for Kainos graduates than a matched comparison group. The evidence base has been recognised by the Ministry of Justice.

Men holding up flipchart pagesThe latest research on Challenge to Change has shown promising results for improving prison safety and reducing the likelihood of reoffending.

The research was undertaken by Tom Ellis, Colm Ellis-Nee and Chris Lewis, CGL Bosham Ltd (November 2016) and is the latest in a series of evaluation projects measuring the success of Challenge to Change (The Effectiveness of the Kainos Programme Challenge to Change Final Report’ 2016; Ellis.T, Ellis-Nee.C, Lewis.C.).

Evaluations of the programme, from 2016 and previous research in 2012, showed that:

  • The frequency of proven reoffending after one year for Kainos graduates was significantly lower than for the comparison group
  • The frequency of court convictions and cautions after one year for Kainos graduates was significantly lower than for the comparison group
  • The one-year reoffending rate for the Kainos group was 18.5% compared with the reoffending rate for the matched comparison non-Kainos group of 23.5%. (The comparable national rate for released prisoners is approximately 26%).

Encouragingly, the number of adjudications (issued when prisoners break prison rules) more than halved for those on the Challenge to Change programme.

A previous  study indicated that 84% of Kainos graduates had not reoffended after one year and of those that did, the frequency of their offending had been reduced significantly compared to a matched comparison group.

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