Ministry of Justice launch a new service to give charities and voluntary organisations help to win government contracts.
As part of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda, it will give data on the effects of what they do, which will give them a way to prove the impact of their work as well as information with how to pervent reoffending.
The data will give voluntary and community sector (VCS) agencies access to high-quality reoffending data tailored to their needs. The data they submit will matched with national records to give a reoffending rate, and will be compared with a control group to show the effectiveness.
This is intended to give valuable information for rehabilitation schemes and gives the service an understanding of the impact of their work and how to give more effective interventions.
It will also give the VCS a hand when competing for the government contracts, to improve their service and prove how good the service is.
Rebecca Endean, director of analytical services at the Ministry of Justice, said:
We want to make sure that small charities get a chance to play in the market. We found that one of the barriers to this was the difficulty they had finding statutory offending data. This will give them access to that data.
If you work only with young drug offenders in Norwich, you can get a sample of young drug offenders in East Anglia.
Dan Corry, Chief Executive at New Philanthropy Capital, a charity think-tank which helped Government develop the new service, said:
Access to reoffending data will enable voluntary sector organisations to prove their efficacy and fine-tune their services.
This is particularly pertinent as the payment by results approach starts to sweep through the criminal justice system.
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary, said:
Reoffending has been too high for too long and we need a revolution in the way we tackle it. Providers must be able to see what works if they are to break the depressing cycle of crime.
Giving the voluntary sector the right tools to understand their impact will allow them to compete for contracts on a level playing field with the confidence that they are working from sound evidence and proven success.
This will help good organisations to become even more successful.