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Our impact over the last three years

Our impact over the last three years



Clinks has published its Impact assessment 2019, a report on an external assessment of its impact – which includes the work of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance (NCJAA) – from 2016 to 2019.

It set out to review:

  • Whether Clinks is providing the range of services and activities that stakeholders want and need
  • What difference Clinks is making to its members and the wider voluntary sector in criminal justice and, ultimately, to the sector’s service users
  • Whether Clinks’ work is of a good quality.

Over 120 people fed into the assessment and overall, stakeholders were extremely positive about all of Clinks’ work. The NCJAA was praised in particular for raising the profile of arts in criminal justice system, policy influencing, brokering access to working in criminal justice settings and for its publications.

The Arts Alliance guides are exceptionally high quality and are widely referenced.
Government / statutory telephone interviewee

Most of the changes suggested in this report are tweaks to what Clinks already does, with key recommendations including:

  • Considering black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representation and tackling the disproportionality of BAME people in the criminal justice system
  • Enabling members to connect and share information more with each other
  • Looking at the programme of work of networks and forums in relation to identifying strategic goals.

Read the assessment here

Image credit: Erika Flowers