Research guidance

This section contains a collection of information, documentation and other web-based resources that youth justice practitioners might find helpful to them from various sources. This includes:

  • Guidance and toolkits on how to conduct an evaluation.
  • Advise on questionnaire design.
  • Research methods that are directly applicable to youth justice practitioners.

The YJB welcomes new additions to ‘Research Guidance’. Please email articles to effectivepractice@yjb.gov.uk along with your rationale for inclusion.

Summary: Link to the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement, which has a selection of practical guides to evaluation.  The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) have put together a variety of links and resources around evaluation, there is also a specific section around evaluating work with children and young people, which includes: Evaluating Participation Work Useful tools for…
Summary: An interactive tool from MOPAC to support evidence-based working. The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) have created an interactive tool to support evidence-based working. This interactive tool is for practitioners interested in evidence based thinking and research generation.  
Summary: Information from MOPAC on how they conduct evaluations and use evaluation to inform their work. The Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) have put together information describing some of the key areas concerning evaluation; including: What is an evaluation Why is an evaluation important How MOPAC conducts evaluations
Summary: Link to Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus resources around evaluations.   The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) have produced a variety of resources to help those undertaking evaluations in complex policy domains.
Summary: Link to Nesta’s practical tool and resources to help innovation.   Nesta have published help me innovate, which is a toolkit of resources for developing and delivering better results divided into four stages; understand the opportunity, find and test new ideas, scale up your ideas and change a whole system.
Summary: This guide is about how to evaluate local early help offers.   The Early Intervention Foundation have published Evaluating Early Help: A guide to Evaluation of Complex Local Early Help Systems, which aims to provide advice on how to apply the principles of good impact evaluation to complex local systems, such as an early help offer. The six principles…
Summary: Guide sets out ten steps along the evaluation journey from a good idea into an intervention that works.     The Early Intervention Foundation have published 10 steps for evaluation success, which aims to offer explanations, tips and link on all the stages of evaluation.
Summary: A collection of resources including toolkits and case studies, relevant to children and mental health.     The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Their website has access to a collection of resources including research reports, toolkits and case studies, relevant to children and mental health.
Summary: Results of survey exploring existing partnership working between the youth justice sector between YOTs/SE and academics.     The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) is committed to encouraging collaboration between the Youth Justice sector and the academic/research community. Partnerships can help bring real benefits to everyone involved. They can allow youth justice workers to have access…
Summary: Guidance for the youth justice sector to help assess whether to approve applications from academics, charities and other bodies wishing to conduct research.     The Research Application Guidance is for the youth justice sector to help assess whether to approve applications from academics, charities and other bodies wishing to conduct research. Academics and others should also find this…
Summary: Web pages about evaluated early intervention programmes that have been shown to improve outcomes for children.     The Early Intervention Foundation have a Programmes Guidebook section on their website. It includes an interactive tool to find evidence and guidance on how to deliver effective early intervention. The page includes a Programmes Library and a section for Implementation and…