CIAO sought to evidence the impact of our coaching from the start. Both ‘scores’ and stories matter to our clients and our commissioners as numbers help people see, as well as feel and know, the difference they’ve made to their lives.
We coached Rebecca, our first client, back in 2011 and are proud to share our Social Accounts for that year. A draft was tested by a qualified independent social accountant and auditor and by an impartial panel from criminal justice and health agencies, who all agreed they accurately reflected our work and impact.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s independent evaluation of CIAO during 2013 established that ‘94% of those interviewed reported that coaching had a positive impact on them, in making the best of their time in prison, in planning for release and living in the community’. This corroborated our evidence by triangulating what clients and coaches said with the views of others inside and outside the prison. It also looked at our broader impact within the prison and community, as well as reductions in reoffending.
‘Ground-breaking’ and ‘outstanding’
The Centre for Social Justice’s paper on Meaningful Mentoring in the Criminal Justice system described CIAO as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘outstanding’.