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Process and early implementation issues : emerging findings from the On Track evaluation

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posted on 2006-11-28, 09:50 authored by Victoria Harrington, Sara Trikha, Alan France
Background: On Track is an evidence-based preventative programme that adopts a community approach to tackling crime. Initially set up as part of the Home Office Crime Reduction Programme, it aims to reduce crime by targeting early interventions (early in terms of ‘the problem’ and years) at the risk factors known to be associated with crime and anti-social behaviour. Local On Track partnerships have been established and funded to provide multiple interventions known from the evidence base to aid families and children aged four to12 years at risk. The programme was established in 2000 and has been introduced in 24 local authority areas with high levels of deprivation and crime. Whilst it has been slower to achieve planned delivery than originally expected, programme implementation has been successful and recent evidence suggests that all projects are now established and delivering interventions. Aims of this report: An integral part of the programme is its multi-tier evaluation drawing upon the findings of regional and national evaluation teams. This report focuses upon emerging findings in stages 1 and 2 of the process evaluation surrounding programme and project implementation during the first 18 months. It identifies effective approaches in early prevention with children and families and the factors contributing to successful and effective delivery of interventions. This summary has two key aims: 1. To identify key lessons learnt about the implementation and set-up of large national programmes such as On Track. 2. To highlight key factors – both nationally and locally - that have a positive or negative impact on delivery of large-scale programmes.



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HARRINGTON, V., TRIKHA, S. and FRANCE, A. (eds.), 2004. Process and early implementation issues : emerging findings from the On Track evaluation. London : The Home Office


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This report includes: France, A., et al., 2004. The construction of the On Track Early Intervention and Prevention Programme and its evaluation (pp. 2-8), and, France, A., Hine, J. and Armstrong, D., 2004. Implementing the On Track Crime Reduction Programme : lessons for the future (pp. 44-52) It is also available electronically at: http://www.renewal.net/Documents/RNET/Research/Processearlyimplementation.pdf



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