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Youth on Track performance and evaluation


The Department of Communities and Justice, Youth Justice NSW 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 Communities and Justice, Youth Justice NSW continues to work carefully with the service provider/s to ensure service delivery compliance.

Youth on Track Performance Measures

Longer Term Outcome Measures

1.    Participants reduce their formal and informal contact with police at a higher level than those of a similar group of young offenders

Intermediate Outcome Measures 

2.    Young person's criminogenic risk factors are reduced

3.    Young person's participation and attendance in education or employment has improved

4.    Family interactions strengthened where appropriate or the young person has increased support from other positive role models

5.    Young person and family have increased access to and awareness of support services

Process Measures
  1. Young people and their families engage positively and remain engaged in the scheme until meeting completion requirements
  2. Young people and their families are provided with a quality service that follows evidence-based offence-focused practice
  3. Case planning reflects assessment and the goals of the young person and family
  4. Service provision reflects the cultural identify and needs of the young person and family
  5. Local services are brokered where required to meet identified needs
  6. Service provision is efficient and responsive
  7. Appropriately skilled and experienced staff are recruited and trained
  8. Strong quality assurance and continuing improvement mechanisms are employed
  9. Strong relationships with key stakeholders to ensure collaborative service provision
  10. Relevant legislation, particularly in relation to child protection, records management and work, health and safety, is complied with


Evaluating Youth on Track

The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has commenced a randomised control trial (RCT) which is considered the gold standard of evaluations, and the most robust evaluation method to assess the impact of Youth on Track in reoffending for outcome 1. The evaluation report will be completed late-2021.

The Department of Communities and Justice, Youth Justice NSW also engaged the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) to conduct a social outcome evaluation of Youth on Track for outcomes 2-5, completed in April 2017.

In the meantime, Youth Justice NSW measures ten 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. Snapshot of Youth on Track referrals, participants and outcomes in 2021 [PDF 445KB] are available.