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Sheffield Hallam University, in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University, were commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the Sycamore Tree programme by Prison Fellowship England and Wales, who have been delivering the programme across a wide range of prisons throughout England and Wales over a number of years. This current evaluation builds on a previous report published by Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 which undertook a similar analysis and identified a positive impact on prisoners who had successfully completed the programme.
Prison Fellowship have been delivering the Sycamore Tree Programme throughout 50 penal establishments since 1998 with more than 10,000 prisoners taking part. Prisoners that have participated completed a psychometric questionnaire, Crime Pics II, both immediately before and after the programme, as a part of an evaluation framework designed to measure the programme impact. In 2005 the Hallam Centre for Community Justice reported on the analysis of 2197 completed pre- and post-programme questionnaires. This subsequent analysis reports on a further 5007 questionnaires completed since 2005.
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Hallam Centre for Community Justice