Research and analysis

Impact evaluation on the enhanced thinking skills programme

How the HM Prison Service Enhanced Thinking Skills programme impacted on the one-year reconviction outcomes of prisoners.

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Evaluation of the impact of the HM Prison Service enhanced thinking skills programme on reoffending: Outcomes of the surveying prisoner crime reduction (SPCR) sample

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An evaluation of how the HM Prison Service Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) programme impacted on the one-year reconviction outcomes of prisoners who participated in the course between 2006 and 2008.

This research examined the impact of the enhanced thinking skills (ETS) programme on the one-year reconviction outcomes of 257 prison-based participants between 2006 and 2008. ETS was found to significantly reduce both the reconviction rate and frequency of general reoffending of participants.

No statistically significant impact was found on the severe offences reconviction rate. A stronger reduction in reconviction was found for participants meeting the suitability criteria.

Published 4 November 2010