The Reducing Reoffending Change Fund (RRCF) is one of three change
funds created by the Scottish Government in 2012 to help drive a decisive
shift towards preventative spending. The RRCF has two key aims:
• to provide prolific young male offenders and women offenders with
substantial one-to-one support through evidence-based mentoring
• to promote strong, equal partnership working between third and public
1.2 RRCF funding was allocated to six Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) –
strategic partnerships between third sector and public sector organisations –
to deliver mentoring schemes for offenders. Each PSP was led by a third
sector organisation, designed to give the third sector a primary role within
1.3 The Scottish Government’s Justice Analytical Services Division, on behalf of
the RRCF partnership, commissioned an independent evaluation of the
RRCF. This was undertaken by Ipsos MORI Scotland in collaboration with a
team of academic experts led by Professor Gill McIvor. The aim of the
evaluation was to provide a comprehensive assessment of the extent to which
the PSP model delivers effective mentoring services that reduce the risk of
reoffending and support reintegration. The specific research questions were:
1. Were the resources invested as planned and were they sufficient to
deliver the services?
2. Did the mentoring and PSP activities take place as planned?
3. What were the barriers and enablers to delivering services?
4. What were the short and medium term outcomes for mentees, mentors
5. What were the barriers and enablers to achieving outcomes?
The lessons learned about mentoring and PSPs will inform the future use of