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Shared measurement

Shared measurement involves groups of organisations, which are working towards similar goals, reaching a common understanding of what to measure and how to measure it. As an introduction to shared measurement, this NPC report defines what shared measurement is and identifies the benefits and challenges associated with it.

London Women’s Shared Evidence Toolkit

Clinks was funded by Trust for London, in 2015-16, to deliver a Women’s Shared Evidence Project in London. The project was led by Clinks’ London Development Officer and worked with stakeholders in London to explore a shared evidence approach to measuring impact for services working with women in the Criminal Justice System and those at risk of being drawn into offending.

The project aimed to test the extent to which the Southwark Reducing Reoffending VCS Evidence Toolkit: Evidencing pathways to reduce reoffending could be adapted for the women’s cohort.

Clinks worked with specialist voluntary sector service providers working to support women’s recovery and desistence, a group of service users and experts by experience, and commissioners of women’s services to:

  • Enable service providers, users and commissioners to define and articulate its particular needs for evidence, outcomes and impact from services for women and understand those of other stakeholders
  • produce shared outcomes frameworks and tools to collect evidence of impact against these outcomes, based on an emerging theory of change for the women’s sector
  • equip service providers to develop their individual theory of change, aligned with the shared theory.

The project produced the London Women’s Shared Evidence Toolkit. It comprises:

  • An outcomes framework that articulates good practice in working with women. This contains outcomes that are proxies for a women-centred way of working, which encompasses a gender-specific, person-centred, trauma-informed, asset-based, relational approach intended to support recovery and build resilience
  • An intermediate outcomes framework that re-imagines the probation pathways into 10 thematic areas
  • A collection of five tools to collect hard and soft quantitative evidence of impact against outcomes from both frameworks.

A description of the project, the benefits to service providers, commissioners and service users of using the London Women’s Shared Evidence Toolkit, and how to use it, can be found in the introductory pages of the Toolkit.

If you are interested in using either the London Women’s Shared Evidence Toolkit or the Southwark Reducing Reoffending VCS Evidence Toolkit please contact in the first instance.

Southwark Shared Evidence Toolkit

Between October 2013 and May 2014, Clinks and NPC worked with Community Action Southwark and charities working in criminal justice in the borough to develop a shared measurement approach.

The output of this work, The Southwark Reducing Reoffending VCS Evidence Toolkit: Evidencing pathways to reduce reoffending, was twofold:

  • A framework that describes both the outcomes for service users that the sector in Southwark work towards, and a description of how organisations work.
  • A toolkit to help organisations assess whether or not they work effectively and achieve these outcomes.

Since completion of the London Women’s Shared Evidence Toolkit – see above - the Southwark Reducing Reoffending VCS Evidence Toolkit is recommended for use only by services working with men in contact with the Criminal Justice System.