Inspecting probation services in England & Wales : The assessment of effectiveness in a mixed sector contract environment

McDowell, P and Hazel, N ORCID: 2015, 'Inspecting probation services in England & Wales : The assessment of effectiveness in a mixed sector contract environment' , Perspectives, 39 (2) , pp. 92-102.

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Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation for England and Wales (HMIP) has always adjusted its function and focus to accommodate changes in the political and probation landscape. However, it has consistently judged effectiveness of services by auditing management or practice processes, most recently against criteria developed from the "what works" agenda. The authors, including the new Chief Inspector, argue that this approach is no longer "fit for purpose" as adult probation services move into a mixed-sector contract environment. A new conception of effectiveness for inspection based around offender outcome rather than service process is proposed as more relevant moving forward, along with consideration of the difficulties that will need to be overcome. Some secondary benefits of an outcome-led methodology are discussed, including opportunities to investigate factors that help understand outcomes and to produce whole-system assessments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Probation, parole, inspection, inspectorate, governance
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Perspectives
Publisher: The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
Refereed: Yes
Funders: HM Inspectorate of Probation
Depositing User: Professor Neal Hazel
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2015 11:16
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2020 15:14

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