New Dawn New Day is a small charity that delivers a big impact. With our help many women have turned around their lives and we work with over 250 women a year.
New Dawn New Day is committed to ensuring that that:
- We are meeting the overall aims and objectives of New Dawn New Day
- We are supporting women to make positive progress
- Our support and interventions are having a positive impact
- We are delivering good outcomes for our clients, the funder of the service and the wider community
- We are transparent and accountable
- We are able to provide evidence of our ability to achieve outcomes
In order to ensure the above, it is important that we are able to measure and demonstrate the changes women and girls make as a result of our support and interventions.
To demonstrate that we are achieving our aims we have in place a system for recording change for each woman who uses our services. To this end we have devised a simple system of measuring change along a number of pathways to demonstrate “distance travelled” in terms of health and wellbeing, social and economic circumstances, criminogenic needs and safety etc.
The following is a list of needs and strengths women may present with when accessing support at New Dawn New Day. Most of the needs relate to the recognised offending pathways meaning that if a woman presents with a combination of these needs she is more likely to end up in the criminal justice system or re-offend. Similarly if a woman who presents with these needs and demonstrates that she is making progress in those areas, her likelihood of becoming CJS-involved or reoffending reduces.
The pathways are also suitable for measuring positive impact and change for women who are not at risk of offending but have complex needs are vulnerable to harm and exploitation.
During 2016, out of a total of 132 women who accessed our holistic support service:
78% had a history or current involvement in crime and anti-social behaviour
76% had accommodation needs
100% had low or no skills, qualifications and/or work experience
92% had problems relating to finance, benefits and debt
100% presented with difficulties relating to children and families
95% presented with moderate to severe mental health needs
54% were misusing drugs and/or alcohol
76% were victims and survivors of domestic violence
22% were victims and survivors of sexual violence
Of those 132 women, the majority made progress in all areas of identified need. On average we recorded the following start and end scores.