Evaluation of the Up-2-Us Time for Change Project


This is an evaluation of the pilot Up-2-Us Time for Change Project, which is a gender-specific service targeted at young women aged between 14 and 18 years deemed to be at significantly high risk of admission to secure care or custody.  The research takes a multi-dimensional perspective, by undertaking a set of qualitative interviews with young women attending the project, the professionals or stakeholders working with them as well as the practitioner’s of the Time for Change project itself.  In addition, documentary analysis of the agency’s casefile data of young women has also contributed to the assessment and evaluation of the project’s principal approaches namely: holistic intensive support, gender-specificity, person centred premise and relationship based practice. The research has taken place over the course of the project’s pilot year from April/May 2010 with fieldwork being conducted from August 2010 –March 2011. On 30th June 2011 we hosted a launch event to both raise awareness of this often marginalised area and to present our key findings within the local practice and policy arena. 

The full final report will be available online from September 2011, until then please find below links to our event presentation and Briefing paper.


Please note that there have been some changes made to the Briefing paper since the initial distribution at the launch event, these are mostly within the conclusion section, in order to be of greater relevancy to a wider audience.

Time For Change [TFC] Evaluation Key Findings – Presentation 30th June 2011 (MB and NI) TFC Briefing Paper titled: Summary of Findings:  Raising Questions for Practice, Service Provision and Policy Development (NI and MB)The focus of Nadine’s research is upon constructions and conceptions of female deviance, with emphasis upon the constructions of feminities, particlulary in regard to women with child dependants within the context of the Scottish criminal justice system, and particular reference to Prisons. The research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and will utilise a range of qualitative approaches, with specific focus upon the voices and experiences of women themselves.



Project Contacts:

Nadine Imlah:   n.imlah.1@research.gla.ac.uk
Michele Burman: Michele.burman@glasgow.ac.uk
Susan Batchelor:  Susan.Batchelor@glasgow.ac.uk

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

Associated People