Unlocking Value: The economic benefit of the arts in criminal justice


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Johnson J, Keen S, Pritchard D

Year of Publication:
2011

Publisher(s):
New Philanthropy Capital

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

In late 2010, the Arts Alliance commissioned New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) to explore whether the value of the arts in criminal justice could be expressed through economic analysis. To do this, they selected three arts charities as case studies and undertook economic analyses of their interventions. They chose charities that have good outcomes data and work with different groups of offenders:

• Clean Break, which works with women.

• Only Connect, which works with men; and

• Unitas, which works with young people.

NPC estimate that for every £1 invested in the Clean Break programme, £4.57 of value is created for society over one year. A large proportion of this comes from savings to the criminal justice system through reduced reoffending rather than from the benefit of employment and qualifications to the women involved.

NPC estimate that Only Connect more than halves re-offending, from an estimated 57.5% without the charity to 25.9% with the charity. This generates savings of over £3.2m to the criminal justice system over six years. Put another way, for every £1 invested, Only Connect saves the criminal justice system £3.06 over six years.

NPC estimate that Unitas prevents 322 young people from committing 139 offences during the programme and in the following months. Forty-six young people improve their literacy skills and forty-two improve their numeracy skills as a result of the programme. For every £1 invested, Summer Arts Colleges create £5.89 of value to society over young people’s working lives. This is mostly due to the longer-term benefit of improved literacy and numeracy skills for the young people involved, rather than shorter-term savings to the criminal justice system through reduced offending.



Evidence Type: Non-Randomised Evaluation

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Process Evaluation

Context: Forensic / Secure

Participant Group: Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Johnson, H., Keen, S. and Pritchard, D. (2011). Unlocking Value: The economic benefit of the arts in criminal justice. New Philanthropy Capital.