Developing a toolkit to measure intermediate outcomes of arts interventions
We are pleased to see the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published research from the development of a toolkit to measure the outcomes of arts and mentoring interventions for people in the criminal justice system.
Written by Mike Maguire, Emma Disley, Mark Liddle, and Rosie Meek with Nina Burrowes, the research focuses on the ‘intermediate outcomes’ of arts and mentoring interventions, which may include “other social and individual benefits, independent of any demonstrable effect on offending.”
The main objective of developing the Intermediate Outcomes Toolkit, which began with a rapid evidence assessment in 2013, was to design a robust but user-friendly instrument to measure these benefits, and “could be particularly valuable for capturing any contribution to desistance made by individual interventions which are not expected to reduce reoffending on their own.”
A 29-item questionnaire, known as the Intermediate Outcomes Measurement Instrument (IOMI), and a costing tool – alongside guidance and notes on the use of these – have been published with the research.
The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance very much looks forward to working with the MoJ to explore the toolkit’s potential use to our members working across arts and mentoring activities.
Image courtesy of Geese Theatre Company