Transforming outcomes: social impact measurement and youth justice

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Reportpeer-review


HM Inspectorate of Probation is committed to reviewing, developing and promoting the evidence base for high-quality probation and youth offending services. Academic Insights are aimed at all those with an interest in the evidence base. We commission leading academics to present their views on specific topics, assisting with informed debate and aiding understanding of what helps and what hinders probation and youth offending services. This report was kindly produced by Claire Paterson-Young, setting out the value of social impact measurement for organisations so that they can account for the outcomes achieved by beneficiaries and at the same time identify strengths and weaknesses in service delivery. In the context of youth justice, the ‘Young Person Centred, Theory-led Social Impact Framework’ is introduced, mapping a theory of change and relevant outputs, outcomes and impact in the context of (i) Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, (ii) Integrated Cognitive Antisocial Potential (ICAP) theory, and (iii) desistance theory. This multi-theoretical lens requires attention to be given to measurement in areas such as health and wellbeing, relationships, education, independence, and pro-social attitudes. Importantly, children are placed at the heart of the outcome-focused service design, empowering them to overcome past experiences and to move towards positive and fulfilling lives.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHM Inspectorate of Probation
Commissioning bodyHM Inspectorate of Probation
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2022

Publication series

NameAcademic Insights
PublisherHM Inspectorate of Probation


  • Young People
  • Youth Justice
  • Social Impact
  • Rehabilitation
  • Youth Custody


Dive into the research topics of 'Transforming outcomes: social impact measurement and youth justice'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this