A UK-wide programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund investing in outstanding projects that have a strong track record of helping young people to fulfil their potential and avoid pathways into offending.
Realising Ambition is a UK-wide £25m Big Lottery Fund programme replicating 25 services aimed at preventing children and young people from entering the criminal justice system. Launched in 2012, the five year programme is providing grant funding and specialist support to 22 organisations to refine and build the evidence base of their services.
Realising Ambition aims to:
- improve the evidence base of what works, for whom and why in avoiding pathways into offending
- promote learning about what it takes to replicate evidence-based interventions
- help commissioners to ask the right questions about evidence, practice and impact.
The programme is being led by Catch22 with the Dartington Social Research Unit, Substance and the Young Foundation as consortium partners.
Rather than writing a long evaluation report at the end of the five-year programme – which would likely be read by very few people – the Realising Ambition consortium are instead producing a series of 10 Programme Insights.Each of these Programme Insights is designed to share reflections, learning and practical implications from Realising Ambition. There are three themes to these Insights:
- Focus Pieces that describe concepts and share some of our reflections and opinions
- Findings Pieces that report empirical data emerging from the programme and associated evaluation activities
- Field Guides that are practical ‘how to’ guides for a variety of audiences.
By sharing ideas, successes, challenges and even some mistakes, we hope to support and inspire others considering, undertaking or commissioning their own replication journey.
These insight publications may be accessed here: https://www.catch-22.org.uk/services/realising-ambition/publications/