Evaluation of the Drug System Change Pilots
Published: May 2012
The Drug System Change Pilots, or DSCPs, were set up to test how drug treatment delivery in prison and the community could be improved, by adopting more user-led, outcome-focused approaches.
We led a collaboration commissioned to evaluate seven pilot partnerships in 2009.
Specific objectives of the pilots were to:
- Describe the range of activities, how treatment delivery systems were changed and the outputs of each pilot area.
- Assess the outcomes and impacts for each pilot area, and for the programme as a whole.
- Identify innovation and good practice.
- Provide comparisons between pilot partnerships.
You can download the full report, some key findings were:
- The importance of partnership working in affecting change in the area of drug treatment.
- That pooled budgets, system-wide performance monitoring, strong leadership and the commitment of senior stakeholders are important foundations to achieving continuity of care for prisoners and ex-offenders.
- Facilitators to delivering effective single points of assessment for ex-offenders include independence from existing treatment providers, a central location for easy access, clearly defined referral routes and adequate levels of well-trained staff.
This mixed-method evaluation had three components:
- Qualitative longitudinal case studies involving depth interviews and focus groups with staff and service users across the seven pilot areas.
- Quantitative analysis of administrative data, to measure the impact of the DSCPs on service users and their outcomes.
- Economic evaluation to assess the costs and benefits of delivering the DSCPs.