The Department of Justice aims to identify and evaluate the efficacy of the Youth on Track early intervention scheme. The Youth on Track service provider is assessed against a range of performance measures and standards to help inform the analysis of the Youth on Track model.
This includes analysis of the service and interventions delivered to young people and their families, including the processes and procedures.
The Department of Justice continues to work carefully with the service provider/s to ensure service delivery compliance.
The Department of Justice has engaged the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) to conduct a social outcome evaluation of Youth on Track for outcomes 2-5. CIRCA has developed an evaluation plan with the aim of completing the evaluation by December 2016. The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research will complete a reoffending studing for outcome 1 in 2018, once a suitable number of young people have participated in the scheme.
In the meantime, the Department measures three indicators on a quarterly basis. The measures show promising initial results in relation to reduction of contact with police and a drop in the offending risk for more than 50% of those who engaged in the scheme for three months. For a Snapshot of Youth on Track referrals, participants and outcomes click here.