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Evidence-based youth justice? Some valuable lessons from an evaluation for the youth justice board

Wilcox, Aidan (2003) Evidence-based youth justice? Some valuable lessons from an evaluation for the youth justice board. Youth Justice, 3 (1). pp. 21-35. ISSN 1473-2254

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This article explores the reasons behind government support for the evidence-based approach and considers the limitations of this concept. In the criminal justice field the government has made repeated claims that it is using evidence to help inform policy. Drawing on the experience of an evaluation of restorative justice (RJ) projects - commissioned by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) - the article concludes that, in this instance, the YJB by-passed an evidence-based approach and gave more priority to developing practice than to the needs of rigorous evaluation. On a more positive note, it is argued that the YJB has recognised the tension between the needs of dynamic policy development and the requirements of rigorous evaluation, and its recent approach to evaluation signals a move towards the latter.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: UoA 40 (Social Work and Social Policy and Administration) © 2003 The National Association for Youth Justice.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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