About this study
NatCen has been commissioned by the Department of Health to evaluate the Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) in prison. IDTS is a new initiative that aims to improve drug treatment services offered to drug users in prison. The findings will be published in 2012.
Potential policy impact
This study is the first formal evaluation of the IDTS programme since it started in 2006. It will give Her Majesty's Prison Service and the NHS robust evidence regarding how effective the programme is. It will contribute to informing prison drug treatment policy and practice.
The study combines in depth qualitative research with a quantitative survey. The research will involve:
The evaluation consists of three work streams across 20 prisons: