Evaluation of Bracknell Forest Council’s Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Service
What was the project about?
Bracknell Forest Council commissioned Research in Practice, through the collaborative service reason*, to support an evaluation of their Domestic Abuse Perpetrators Service (DAPS). Specifically, they wanted help to plan the evaluation, gather data and analyse findings to provide an independent review of the process and impact of the service overall.
DAPS is a targeted intervention service delivered by specialist staff at Bracknell Forest Council. The evaluation investigated the extent to which the programme:
- engaged perpetrators, stopped abuse and led to children’s removal from Child Protection Plans
- helped perpetrators to understand why they abuse and to change their abusive attitudes and behaviour
- helped perpetrators and their partners to access other support services
- provided telephone support for perpetrators when appropriate.
What did we do?
We supported Bracknell Forest Council to develop the key research questions through delivering a bespoke workshop with key staff working within and alongside the service. We then created topic guides for perpetrators, their current/ex partners, and social services staff based on the outcomes identified in the workshop with staff.
Bracknell staff identified interviewees and supported the arrangement of interviews, which were conducted by telephone. The interviews explored the programme’s effectiveness and impact; multi-agency working around the programme; and identified future improvements.
Based on the analysis of the interview data, we produced an emerging findings paper for Bracknell, followed by a fuller evaluation report including conclusions and recommendations. The evaluation reports provided Bracknell Forest Council with an understanding of the effectiveness and impact of the DAPS programme, and will inform the future structure, delivery and resourcing of the DAPS programme.
Feedback from Karen Roberts, Head of Youth Offending Service, Bracknell Forest Council:
*reason is the Research, Evaluation and Analysis Support Network, a collaborative service involving Research in Practice, Research in Practice for Adults and the National Foundation for Educational Research.