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NCJ Number: 230024 Find in a Library
Title: 'What Works' and the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel: Taking Stock From an Inside Perspective
Journal: Criminology & Criminal Justice  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:February 2010  Pages:37-58
Author(s): Mike Maguire; Don Grubin; Friedrich Losel; Peter Raynor
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 22
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article provides an overview of the 'What Works' strategy of the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel.
Abstract: This article provides an 'insider' perspective on the work of the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel (CSAP) of England and Wales, a key plank of the government's 'What Works' strategy and in particular its aim of reducing re-offending through the development of 'gold standard', 'evidence-based' interventions (principally - but not exclusively - offending behaviour programmes). The article begins with a brief discussion of the concept of accreditation, its value and potential drawbacks. It then provides an account of CSAP's working practices and some reflections on the results of its work so far, set against the background of challenges and tensions arising from a changing policy environment, resource constraints, mixed results from outcome studies, and debates about what some perceived as an over-narrow remit for accreditation. It concludes with some thoughts about possible future directions for CSAP or successor bodies with broadly similar goals. 12 notes and 58 references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Accreditation; Accreditation standards; Corrections effectiveness; Corrections in foreign countries; England; Research uses in policymaking; Wales
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