Evaluation & Research
Good Vibrations is committed to ensuring that our work is robustly evaluated. We look for concrete and specific evidence of the effectiveness of our work. We regularly commission detailed independent assessments of our work.
Continuing Positive Change
This report, commissioned from Birmingham City University's Centre for Applied Criminology, looked at the impact of taking part in Good Vibrations on participants 12-18 months on.
"Participants experience sustained positive, emotional, psychological, and behavioural improvements."
The researchers concluded that Good Vibrations:
- Acts as a catalyst for change in the lives of offenders, and that this positive change is sustained as offenders move through the prison system and out into the community.
- Has a significant impact on male and female offenders in the general prison population and in therapeutic communities.
- Has a significant impact upon offenders over and above participation in a therapeutic regime.
- Significantly improves confidence, listening and communication skills, tolerance, levels of self-expression, and ability to cope with stress and prison life. For many participants these changes are sustained in the long-term.
- Enhances participants' levels of engagement with further education and training.
- Has a significant positive impact upon the emotional well-being of female offenders.
- Is responsive to the differing needs of men and women in prison.
The report concludes that "participating in Good Vibrations can provide the starting-block for positive change in offenders. Many project participants are able to leverage the impetus from the project and use this to go on to achieve, both personally and practically. Participants experience sustained positive, emotional, psychological, and behavioural improvements."
The report also highlights the potential for arts-based programmes - such as Good Vibrations - and more traditional programmes in prison to complement one another and that "supporting programmes like Good Vibrations helps give the widest number of offenders a chance to cope with prison, tackle their needs, and hopefully go on to become non-offenders in the future."
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Promoting Positive Change
This report, commissioned from Birmingham City University's Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research, looked at the longer-term benefits of taking part in Good Vibrations.
...participating in a Good Vibrations project has a sustained and positive emotional and psychological impact on participants...
The researchers found that participants in Good Vibrations courses maintained the positive benefits 6-9 months on, and in particular that participants experienced:
- Greater levels of engagement and an increased openness to wider learning
- Improved listening and communication skills
- Improved social skills and increased social interaction
- Improved relationships with prison staff
- Decreased levels of self-reported anger and a greater sense of calmness
In short, the study concludes that participating in a Good Vibrations project has a sustained and positive, emotional and psychological impact on participants, leading to positive behavioural change. This suggests that expanded support for innovative projects like Good Vibrations would have significant benefits for prisons and the prison system as a whole.