Keywords: Impact Evaluation; Induction Processes; Prisoners' Human and Social Capital; Desistance Agenda.
The evaluation of Writers in Prison Network (WIPN) has revealed
an innovative and well managed programme which is able to respond
effectively to the challenges of operating within the prison environ
ment. Importantly, the evaluation has identified a significant impact on the development of prisoners' human and social capital which is an essential component of desistance from offending. The full evaluation
report will provide a more detailed assessment of the work of WIPN,
and an additional focus on areas where WIPN can improve and develop
its delivery, and build upon its existing high level of service. This
will include recommendations for demonstrating its effectiveness in
terms of both intermediate and final outcomes. It will also suggest
ways of responding productively to both the desistance agenda and the
emerging Payment by Results agenda.