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. 

Why reducing drug-related crime is important, and why the new government needs to act
Substance misuse and mental health in prison
A successful approach to tackling drug-related crime
Tackling the issue of New Psychoactive Substances in prisons

To find out more about Forward's research please contact the Research Team by email at research@forwardtrust.org.uk

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. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/14659891.2014.904938

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? http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/JCP-02-2014-0006

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. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10509674.2015.1087443?journalCode=wjor20

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? http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/ADD-07-2015-0016

 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.