Delivering cognitive skills programmes in Prison: a qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Wydall, Sarah
dc.contributor.author Simmonds, Rosemary
dc.contributor.author Clarke, Alan
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-04T16:55:26Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-04T16:55:26Z
dc.date.issued 2008-11-04
dc.identifier.citation Wydall , S , Simmonds , R & Clarke , A Delivering cognitive skills programmes in Prison: a qualitative study . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 87567
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/739
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/739
dc.identifier.uri http://www.homeoffice.gove.uk/rds/ en
dc.description Home Office Online Report 27/04 pp.44 en
dc.description.abstract Recent evaluations of the effectiveness of prison-based cognitive skills training programmes in reducing reconvictions have produced mixed results. The present study adopts a qualitative evaluation methodology in order to explore what constitutes effective programme implementation, impact and outcomes. This approach is based on the assertion that the nature and context in which a programme is delivered can affect treatment quality and ultimately influence treatment success. Thus, understanding how programmes are delivered and received can help us to interpret findings from reconviction studies by providing an insight into how factors such as the institutional context in which programmes operate can have an impact on treatment success. The current study aims to enhance our understanding of the issues around the implementation and delivery of cognitive skills programmes in a prison context and to identify any non-reconviction treatment benefits. The research was undertaken in six male prisons and a total of 113 interviews were conducted with prisoners, programme tutors and other prison staff. A further five interviews were held with ex-prisoners on licence in the community. The report notes that many interviewees reported short-term benefits associated with programme participation. These included increased self-confidence, the development of interpersonal skills and improved prisoner behaviour. Furthermore, it is argued that the nature of prisoners¿ motivations for participating in cognitive skills training is a key factor when it comes to assessing the effectiveness of such interventions. From an institutional perspective, where there is a lack of support for programmes at an operational and/or cultural level this can affect programme delivery and have a negative impact on treatment efficacy. en
dc.format.extent 44 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Home Office
dc.title Delivering cognitive skills programmes in Prison: a qualitative study en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Other en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Law & Criminology en


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