social benefits for the community
While not discussed here in detail, it is important to state that the Social Return on Investment (SROI) forecast showed that the Project had a return of A2.92 for every A1 invested, with a potential to go to A3.50 with the increased number of young people availing of the programme currently. The cost effectiveness of restorative justice programmes provided by voluntary organisations cannot therefore be underestimated, and should be an important consideration for the State in planning and funding initiatives in the community and voluntary sector in the future.
Beschreibung der Aktivität
Young persons' Restorative Justice Project of La Chéile Mentoring and Youth Justice Support Service in Limerick, Ireland
The Project works hand-in-hand with numerous state and voluntary agencies. This work is delivered through five key models of intervention: restorative conferencing, victim empathy programme (VEP), victim offender mediation (VOM), reparation and victim impact panels (VIPs). The last of these, Victim Impact Panels, are an innovative method of engaging young people in a restorative process through the participation of a proxy victim.
Gemeinschaft/ Gemeinden/ Kommunen
Evaluierung der Aktivität
Qualitative Interviewbefragungen (persönlich), Fokusgruppen, Sekundäranalyse von Daten, Dokumenten, audiovisuellen Materialien etc.
The methodology designed for the evaluation of Le Chéile’s Project employed a staged approach. First, a review of literature was conducted, covering legislation and policy context, international standards, and evidence of ‘what works’ in restorative justice with children and young people. Additional research was also conducted to support the Social Return on Investment forecast. Next, a stakeholder mapping exercise was undertaken to select interviewees who together could provide as broad as possible a view of the work of Le Chéile’s Project and its effectiveness. Qualitative interviews and focus groups were then held with a range of stakeholders including children and young people, members of their families, the victims, representatives of criminal justice agencies and other professionals, including ‘reparation host agencies' and Le Chéile volunteers.
(a) return for every 1 € invested (b) potential return for every 1 € invested with an increased number of participants
(a) € 2.92 (b) € 3.50
6 months