An Evaluation of Bringing Hope's Second Chance Damascus Programme


Bringing Hope




Dr. Geraldine Brown (PI)

Dr. Geraldine Brady

Elizabeth Bos (CBiS)


The aim of the study is to evaluate the impact of the Damascus Road Second Chance Programme on offenders at HMP Birmingham. The evaluation will examine the process by which the intervention is provided (including partnership working and training needs) and explore:

  • Participant’s experiences of engaging with the Damascus Programme;
  • Thoughts /feelings of participants regarding the faith based approach of the Damascus Programme, as to its potential to influence lifestyle choices;
  • The relationship between the Damascus Programme in and offenders’ sense of subjective wellbeing;
  • The relationship between the Damascus Programme and desistance readiness.


The evaluation will capture the perceptions and views of key stakeholders (significant others/family, staff) in relation to participants engagement with the Damascus Programme and assess the potential long term impact of Bringing Hope’s support beyond the 12 week delivery of Damascus programme.

The project also aims to identify the potential benefits associated with the provision of the Damascus Programme in a prison setting (and beyond) for offenders, prison service, key stakeholders and the wider community.

The evaluation will produce a report which identifies potential challenges to delivering the Damascus Programme in a prison setting for Bringing Hope, offenders, prison staff and other stakeholders, highlighting areas required for future development and delivery. 

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