College to host Symposium on Innovative Approaches to Evaluating Practices in the Justice System

The College of Law and Criminology at Swansea University is holding an exciting and informative day of sharing learning and exchanging knowledge of research-based and innovative approaches to evaluating frontline supervision practices in the justice system.

The invite-only event, hosted by the Swansea Service Evaluation Team (SSET) on Wednesday 14th December, explores the following broad themes:

  1. Research-led and innovative evaluations
  2. Findings from recent research-led evaluations of frontline practices
  3. Benefits and challenges of evaluation/research in the justice system

The day includes a variety of speakers including Swansea University academics, interactive sessions and a question and answer session. Keynote speeches will be made by Ian Barrow, Deputy Director, National Offender Management Service in Wales and Dusty Kennedy, Head of the Youth Justice Board in Wales.

SSET promotes humane, participatory and responsive approaches to working with service users who are serving court orders in prison or in the community are now empirically associated with service user empowerment and reductions in rates of reoffending.

Event organiser Dr Pamela Ugwudike, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Director of SSET, said: “I am very excited to convene this Symposium on behalf of the Swansea Service Evaluation Team. A key objective of the Symposium is to share learning and exchange knowledge of innovative and research-led evaluation methods that impact on criminal justice practice, and produce positive outcomes for practitioners, service users, and wider society. 

“The event will bring together academics involved in criminal justice research, directors and managers who oversee criminal justice services, and the practitioners who work with service users. I envisage that the Symposium will strengthen SSET’s existing research partnerships with probation and youth justice services across Wales, and bolster our key aim which is to continue to conduct impactful evaluations.”

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