"It's great to see an intervention where there is such good evidence of effectiveness."
Helen Price, Lead Commissioner for Families, Gloucestershire County Council
TheHorseCourse is held up as an exemplar in it's approach to evidencing the outcomes of our work.
A recent report published by NPC & CLINKS and peer reviewed by CSAAP (the academic panel at the Ministry of Justice) showed a 27 % point reduction in reoffending (where 10% is large).
A study by Bournemouth University is tracking the outcomes for our young people post-course at 2 months and 12 months and early results show that 80%+:
Summary: Evidence to date 2016
- A summary of all the evaluation studies on our work and a snapshot of how the ReStart works.
TheHorseCourse Youth Outcomes Summary, 2015
- 33% average improvement in managing anxiety
- 29% average gain across eight core skills: Engagement, Calmness, Assertiveness, Focus & Perseverance, Empathy, Realistic Planning, Communication, Responsibility
- 85% of participants increased attendance/engagement with education
- 80% of referrers attribute improvements to TheHorseCourse, (55% strongly)
- Produced with support from Charities Evaluation Services (part of NCVO).
Moving Forward in Recovery Pilot Summer/Autumn 2015
- 55% of participants shifted from disengaged/not progressing in treatment to attending and progressing. They attribute this change to the course.
- On average they also made a 12% improvement on the 8 skills taught by TheHorseCourse.
- Produced by EDP Drug & Alcohol Services (main service provider in the Southwest, UK)
TheHorseCourse Evidence Review, working with Offenders 2015
- Including Theory of Change and Contribution Analysis
- 27 % points reduction in reoffending
- Written in collaboration with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) & CLINKS. Peer reviewed by the Correctional Services Accreditation & Advisory Panel (CSAAP), Ministry of Justice.