Research and analysis

Effectiveness of the Focus on Resettlement (FOR) Programme

Focuses on results of FOR programme to increase motivation of participants to engage with agencies providing help with the move from custody to community.

Detail

This study used propensity score matching (PSM) to measure the effectiveness of the programme in reducing one-year proven reoffending. The study considers the period of 2004 to 2009.

It found that:

  • there was no significant change in reoffending rates for males who attended FOR (59.5%) compared to a matched control sample (56.5%)
  • there was no significant change in reoffending rates for females who attended FOR (40.6%) compared to a matched control sample (44.0%)
  • there was no significant difference in the time to first offence between the FOR group and the matched control sample for either the male or female analyses