Review of the Aston Project

Research Institution / Organisation

University Of Gloucestershire

Principal Researcher

Dr Jonathan Hobson

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

March 2016

Research Context

The Aston Project seeks to engage young people in positive community activity, in particular through the use of time-banking of community activities. The project is run in large part by Gloucestershire constabulary, and funded by the OPCC Gloucestershire.

The evaluation aims to appraise the extent to which the project meets its key aims, particularly its ability to reduce community harm, crime and anti-social behavior involving younger people.
The Evaluation therefore comprises three main objectives:

  1. Review the appropriateness of the current aims and objectives of the Aston Project in terms of setting valid and effective benchmarks and targets. 
  2. Evaluate the impact of the Aston Project against the stated aims and objectives, especially the key aims of reducing community harm, crime and anti-social behaviour involving younger people.
  3. Deliver to the PCC and the Aston Project team an evaluation in the form of a Report on Findings that includes a review of good practice in relation to the Project’s stated aims, and recommendations for the future direction of the project.

Research Methodology

​Data for the Aston Project evaluation will comprise:

  • Interviews with key stakeholders and officers involved in the Aston Project
  • Interviews and observations with the young people involved in the Aston Project
  • Consideration of Data relating to community Harm, including data on how many young people

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

October 2017
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