The Youth Crime Prevention Grants (YCPG) program is being independently evaluated by the Crime Statistics Agency to contribute to the evidence base around youth crime prevention.
An interim evaluation report was delivered in October 2018. This focused on findings about implementation of the directed and competitive projects. The next phase of the evaluation will focus on project outcome findings. The final report of the evaluation is due in December 2019.
Following the implementation phase, all competitive and directed YCPG projects are now focused on engagement with young people and working towards outcomes. Anecdotal evidence provided to date indicates that the projects are well placed to deliver on intended outcomes and some highlights identified at the time of reporting included:
- 14 projects perceive engagement in school is improving for some participants
- 12 projects indicate participants’ relationships with family or peers had shown signs of improvement
- 8 projects identifying participants had taken up training opportunities including TAFE courses and apprenticeships
- 10 projects with participants that have gained or improved employment opportunities since entering the YCPG.
An executive summary of the interim evaluation report is available below.