GoWell Wider Action Studies
A number of studies were conducted within GoWell's Wider Action theme. These are described below.
Evaluation of the Environmental Employability Programme
The Environmental Employability Programme, or Community Janitors, managed by the Local Regeneration Network and Glasgow Housing Association’s Regeneration Team, aims to address training and employment issues for the long term unemployed while providing an environmental management service. Staff from the Evaluating Interventions Team were involved with interviewing Local Housing Organisation staff about their experiences of the project. Findings from the final evaluation report indicate that:
• The number of training places provided exceeded the original target, as did the number of trainees moving into employment after participating in the scheme;
• Tenants who were aware of the Community Janitors reported a high level of satisfaction with the service they provided. However, there was a low level of awareness of their work;
• Local housing organisations felt that the programme had delivered a number of positive outcomes, including improved environments and strengthened relationships with tenants.
Play Areas Audits
We have audited play areas prior to the implementation of the Play Areas Development Programme, funded by Glasgow Centre for Population Health. A second audit and interviews with local people are planned after the implementation of the programme to assess the effects of play park improvements on perceptions of community, neighbourhood safety and the prevalence of anti-social behaviour.
Evaluating youth diversionary projects in Glasgow
Youth disorder (teenagers hanging around, vandalism, gang activity etc.) has been reported as a key concern by residents in both the GoWell study and the Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) Tenant Satisfaction Surveys (TSS). Alongside improvements to the built environment GHA funds additional neighbourhood initiatives across Glasgow. One of these is a youth diversionary initiative funding youth projects in different areas of Glasgow. Some of these projects work with large numbers of young people and provide a range of activities (e.g. coached sporting activities, dance, art, drama, IT). Others work to reduce the offending behaviour of smaller groups of young people. The central objective of this initiative is to improve community safety.
We evaluated a selection of these youth diversionary projects. The evaluations aimed to gather evidence relating to best practice in youth diversionary initiatives, with particular reference to their design, implementation and effectiveness. Each of the GHA funded youth diversionary projects was described and three of these projects were evaluated. We were particularly interested in looking at the impact on: young people’s behaviour; local residents’ perceptions of community safety and cohesion; local organisations; and levels of anti-social behaviour and crime. We gathered information from a range of sources including project participants (young people), local residents, stakeholders and other key actors; as well as project data and data from other sources such as the Police and Local Housing Organisations (LHO’s).
This evaluation was part of the wider GoWell programme and was funded by GHA. The evaluation ran from October 2007 to the end of November 2008, with fieldwork taking place between February and June 2008. Project findings are now available. The study builds on an earlier study of a crime prevention initiative in Parkhead.