Evaluation of European Perpetrator Programmes (IMPACT, Daphne-III)
The main goals of the IMPACT project have been defined as follows:
- Filling the knowledge gap regarding evaluations of perpetrator programmes in Europe
- Offering solutions towards a harmonisation of outcome monitoring (as a first step towards harmonisation of evaluation methodology)
The main goals have been achieved by:
- Providing an overview and analysis of the current practice of outcome monitoring in European perpetrator programmes (Workstream 1)
- Providing an overview and analysis of research studies evaluating perpetrator programmes (Workstream 2)
- Identifying possibilities and obstacles for multi-country European outcome research studies (Worksream 3)
- Developing a toolkit and good practice guidelines for outcome measurement (Workstream 4)
The project’s activities have been conducted in 5 separate workstreams:
The first workstream was dedicated to providing an overview of the practice of outcome monitoring in European perpetrator programmes. It was achieved by conducting an online-survey to gain a deeper understanding of the circumstances in which the different programmes work, their methods, their contexts and their practices of outcome measurement. The results of the survey have been published in Working paper 1 and have been included in two peer-reviewed journal articles to be published in 2015.
The second workstream was dedicated to delivering a detailed analysis of a range of evaluation research studies linked to European perpetrator programmes in order to provide criteria for robust evaluations and to feed into the development of a monitoring toolkit. Workstream 2 aimed to develop detailed knowledge about the approaches used in evaluation research studies across Europe, with particular emphasis on the methods, input, output and measures of outcome. Emphasis was also placed on eliciting a set of criteria related to scientific robustness that can accomodate realistic approches and a variety of methods and thus point to a “new generation” of evaluation research. The results of workstream 2 activities have been published in Working paper 2 and have been included in two peer-reviewed journal articles to be published in 2015.
The third workstream aimed to identify evaluation models and instruments with potential applicability in different countries and contexts as well as to investigate the possibilities of a centralised collection and analysis of comparable outcome data. The results of workstream 3 actvities have been published in Working paper 3 (available in 6 European languages) and have been included in two peer-reviewed journal articles to be published in 2015.
The Workstream 4 team have produced a monitoring toolkit for perpetrator programmes in different European countries and a web-tool for uploading data collected with the toolkit, which can then be centrally analysed. The toolkit offers instruments to directly evaluate – without the need for major scientific support – reductions in abusive behaviour and/or to indirectly evaluate (proxy) variables related to reductions in abuse.
The goal of the last workstream is to disseminate the results of the project. In October 2014 in Barcelona the workstream 5 team organised the 1st European Congress on the Evaluation of Programmes for Perpetrators of Domestic Violence.