The aim of NGB Is to reduce re-offending. Since its inception it has been independently evaluated both so that it can ensure that its objectives are met, but also so that there can be an ongoing programme of continuous improvement through the learnings that are revealed through the data. In Year 1 the evaluation was done by Russell Webster and this year by Bean Research who were supported by City and Guilds who can also then be involved in measuring their impact in the programme
There are five main drivers of reducing re-offending – education & skills, employment, accommodation: relationship with family and friends and wellbeing (usually driven by the previous four). This year’s impact assessment ensured that each of these factors were measured.
As a result of NGB, 134 ex-offenders are in employment, 84 this year. This represents 40% of all those engaged in the programme. Half (52%) sustain employment for 12 months, 75% reach 3 months in employment. Results also show significant improvement in health, skills, locus of control and reduced risk of reoffending.
This impact, reported against the new indicators, also allow Social Return on Investment analysis. Overall, this has estimated that for every £1 spent on NGB, an impressive £12.64 of social value is generated (over two years) through economic benefits, avoided public spending, and health and wellbeing gains for those involved.
The wider ‘ripple effects’ of the programme include 42 employers providing jobs and opportunities, 69 groups of visitors and volunteers to the programme from Livery Companies increasing skills and changing perceptions, and 30 Livery Companies working together collaboratively on one project.
“I don’t know what I’d have done without NGB. I feel like now I’ve got a future and a career too”. Kazime, NGB Ambassador, Employed