ERIC Number: EJ896942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Soft Benefits for Hard Nuts: The Impact of Community-Building Interventions on "Anti-Social Youth"
Rogers, Ruth Ann
Pastoral Care in Education, v28 n3 p195-204 Sep 2010
This paper emerges from an evaluation conducted by the author into the impact of a community-based intervention scheme designed to reduce perceived levels of "anti-social behaviour" amongst young people living in deprived communities. Drawing from this evaluation, the paper discusses the difficulties in assessing quantifiable measures of the impact of intervention schemes such as these; given the complex nature of the communities served, limitations in the realistic achievements of diversionary schemes and difficulties in identifying measureable outcomes. The paper also argues that given the highly problematic nature of such schemes, qualitative and "soft" measures of impact, which although more difficult to assess, should be afforded greater status amongst funders and evaluators.
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Intervention, Citizenship Education, Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, Disadvantaged Youth, Statistical Analysis, Community Programs, Mentors, Self Esteem, Program Descriptions, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)