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Evaluation of CIRV as part of the Vulnerability and Violent Crime Programme

About the study

The Community Initiative to Reduce Violence aims to reduce gang-related violence and to support people who want to leave gangs. The College of Policing has asked NatCen to conduct this study to find out about people’s experiences of the CIRV programme and any recommendations for improvement.

We’re talking to people involved in the programme, including CIRV staff and people who have received the programme. We want to find out what worked well and how CIRV could be made better in the future.

This is one of eight independent evaluations that The College of Policing is managing, aiming to build the evidence base around what works to tackle vulnerability and violent crime. More information on the Vulnerability and Violent Crime programme can be found here.

NatCen is an independent research organisation and charity. We are not part of any government organisation and are not involved in delivering CIRV.

Why take part?

The study will provide feedback to the College of Policing about how the CIRV programme is working. This is your chance to confidentially and anonymously share your thoughts and experiences with the College and help to shape the future of the programme.

What should I do if I want to take part?

If you would like to take part, please speak to the person who gave you the leaflet / information about the research. You can also contact a NatCen researcher by emailing policeevaluation@natcen.ac.uk or calling 0808 168 8519 (freephone). Not everyone contacted will be able to take part. If you are selected, a researcher from NatCen will talk to you about your participation and answer any questions you might have. The interview is informal and will be like a conversation – there’s no need to prepare and you can skip any questions you don’t want to answer.

Making contact with you

If you have been involved with the CIRV programme, a member of CIRV staff working with you may have contacted you about the study (or contacted your parent or guardian first, if you’re under 18). If you’re interested in taking part or have any questions about the study, you can either contact our research team directly by emailing policeevaluation@natcen.ac.uk or calling 0808 168 8519 (freephone). You can also speak to the person who let you know about the study about arranging an interview.

Interviewer visit

We can arrange to visit you at home or another suitable location or interview you by telephone, if you prefer. So that you know who they are, all our researchers carry photo ID with our logo on it. We understand that you may be busy, so we’ll organise the interview at a time that suits you.

The interview

The researcher will ask you about what you thought about the CIRV programme, including your experiences of it, what works well about it, and what could be improved and made better in the future.

You don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to, we can just skip on to the next one. We can also take breaks during the interview at any time, and you can ask someone to attend the interview with you, such as a friend, family member or support worker.

We will ask your permission to audio record your answers so nothing you say is forgotten. If you don’t want to be audio recorded, we can make written notes instead. NatCen will keep all the recordings and / or written notes securely so that no one else can access them. Our systems are encrypted and password protected.

No need to prepare

There’s no need to prepare for the interview. You don’t need any special knowledge - we just want to hear about your experiences and what you think.

What will happen to the information I give?

We will audio record the discussion if you say we can. This is so we have an accurate record of what you’ve said, and so that we can listen to you properly during the discussion. The recording will be stored securely at NatCen, and only the research team will have access to it. The recording will be deleted at the end of the project.

We will write a report about what people involved with CIRV thought about it, which may be publicly available. We may also use quotes of what you’ve said, but we won’t use your name or any details that could identify you in the report. However, the person who gave you the leaflet / information about the research (and if you’re under 18, your parent or guardian) may know if you choose to take part in the research.

We will not share what you say with anyone outside our team of researchers, unless you say something that makes us think you or someone else might be seriously harmed, or if you talk about a specific crime the police don’t already know about.

Do I have to take part?

No, you do not have to take part. You may find it helpful to discuss this with someone else but it is entirely your choice.

Why have I been asked to take part?

We want to hear from everyone.

It’s really important to us that our research represents the views of a range of people who have been involved in the CIRV programme. Whoever you are, whatever you think, your opinion is important to us. Taking part is an opportunity to share your views on how the programme is working for you and how it could be improved in the future.

Privacy notice

In this privacy notice, we explain the legal basis for data processing, who will have access to your personal data, how your data will be used, stored and deleted, and who you can contact with a query or a complaint.

Extra support

If this research has raised any issues and you would like some support, a list of contact details for support organisations can be found:

  • here if you are under 16
  • here if you are over 16

More information on the Vulnerability and Violent Crime programme can be found here. [JK1] 


 [JK1]Thanks Esther for letting me know we can’t add links to page titles. Could we add this sentence into across the 3 pages for each intervention and then we can add the link here https://whatworks.college.police.uk/Research/Pages/Vulnerability.aspx)  instead if that works?