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Evaluation of Resettlement Pathfinders, Home Office commissioned evaluation of the FOR A Change Programme


The Pathfinder programme was set up by the Probation Service in the latter part of 1999 to pilot and evaluate new models of working with offenders.  It formed an integral part of the Service’s ‘What Works’ initiative and was originally funded under the Home Office Crime Reduction Programme. 

The Resettlement Pathfinders were originally designed to test new approaches to the resettlement of adult prisoners sentenced to less than twelve months, who currently leave custody without supervision under the system of Automatic Unconditional Release (AUR).  They were later extended to include young prisoners and some adults already subject to post-release supervision on licence, but the focus remained primarily on adult short-termers. 

Aims of Project

This report presents an evaluation of the second (and final) phase of the Resettlement Pathfinders, based in three local prisons, in which 278 offenders voluntarily completed an innovative cognitive-motivational programme (‘FOR - A Change’), obtained direct access to services to address their needs, and were offered continued contact with project staff, a probation officer or a volunteer ‘mentor’ after release.  


Home Office


2 Years

Additional Information

The research has since been published, please see:

Clancy, A., Hudson, K., Maguire, M., Peake, R., Raynor, P. and Vanstone, M. (2006) Getting  Out and Staying Out: Results of the Prisoner Resettlement Pathfinders, (London, The Policy Press).