Research and Publications

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Forward believes in proving that its services work and are a benefit to its service users. Forward's Research Team looks into data trends and statistics to be able to prove the impact Forward programmes are having on clients. 

Forward's Research team regularly release policy briefing documents on current trends in the field. These documents are available on the links below. Please contact us if you would like further information.

The Forward Trust Impact Report 2020
Our third Impact Report highlights our organisation-wide initiatives to support service users preceding and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Forward Trust Impact Report 2019
Our second Impact Report showcases the depth and breadth of support we provide to help some of the most marginalised people in society to make positive changes to move forward with their lives.
Forward Trust Social Impact Report 2018
Our first Social Impact Report showcases how Forward reaches over 15,000 people across 18 prisons and 10 community services.
A successful approach to tackling drug-related crime
Why reducing drug-related crime is important, and why the new government needs to act
Substance misuse and mental health in prison
Tackling the issue of New Psychoactive Substances in prisons

Forward's programmes have also been independently researched for their effectiveness and a number of papers written about them including:

Kopak, Dean, Proctor, Miller & Hoffmann (2014). Effectiveness of the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (Rapt) programme.

This study compared the rates of re offending amongst prisoners who completed the SDTP (one of Forward's intensive Rapt programmes), started but did not complete the SDTP and those who completed another in-prison substance misuse treatment programme. Participants who completed the SDTP were least likely to re offend within one year of release compared to the other groups of prisoners.


Breedvelt, Dean, Jones, Cole & Moyes. (2014). Predicting recidivism for offenders in UK substance dependence treatment: do mental health symptoms matter?

Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Award for Outstanding Paper of 2014, this study explored whether substance dependent prisoners with mental health symptoms are more likely to re offend than those with substance dependence alone. Those with symptoms of major depressive disorder were found to have an increased likelihood of re offending, whereas those with symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder were less likely to re offend.


Disbury, Kopak, Dean, Moyes, Breedvelt, Thibaut, Cole & Heath. (2015). Pre- to Posttreatment Differences in Measures of Risk of Relapse and Reoffending for Participants of RAPt’s 6-week Programs.

This study evaluated the impact of The Bridge and ADTP (two of Forward's shorter-term intensive Rapt programmes) on the psychological processes they target, which are associated with relapse and/or reoffending.


Moyes, Heath & Dean. (2016). What can be done to improve outcomes for prisoners with a dual diagnosis?

 Highly commended in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Outstanding Paper of 2016, this paper reviews the literature on offenders with a dual diagnosis and discusses how prison-based services can improve to better meet the needs of prisoners with co-occurring substance misuse and mental health disorders. Please note that this study is free to access until 22nd June 2018.