Creating a development plan

By completing a development plan and evaluation measures, you have the means to fully embed restorative approaches and to evidence the impact of your efforts.

The aim is to:

  • Embed the restorative principles in a way that helps your team to operate
  • To improve the outcomes for the people you work with

Pick out the statements in your assessment that you were unable to provide evidence against, or the ones that you scored lowest against. Show what you will do to improve in this area, and when you aim to have completed each one.

We would like to encourage you to formulate your development plan so that it also reflects how you will actively sustain and strengthen restorative approaches within your team or organisation over time.

Identifying evaluation criteria

It is important to collect evidence to show the impact that working restoratively has had. Every team and organisation has its own area of business, and therefore there is not a one-size fits all evaluation framework. As it is your team, and your plan, how you apply the restorative principles and techniques as well as the outcomes you want to achieve, will be decided by you.

An outcome-based process for identifying your evaluation measures is outlined below (with examples underneath):

  • With your team, agree the outcome(s) that you want to achieve

a) Reduce the number of school exclusions

b) Increase levels of victim satisfaction

c) Prevent family breakdown

  • What activity will you undertake to achieve these outcomes?

a) Use restorative practices (ie restorative conference) to respond to misbehaviour

b) Ensure victims are contacted and offered the opportunity to have their voice heard

c) Hold a family meeting to agree a plan to address key issues as early as possible. Ensure (and record) the voice of everyone involved, including the child

  • What measures (outputs) will you use to monitor the activity?

a) Number of conferences held

Number and type of restorative interventions

Number of incidents of repeated misbehaviour over time

Number of exclusions

b) Percentage of victims contacted

Percentage of victims taking part in restorative intervention

Victim satisfaction survey

c) Number and percentage of family meetings held

Number and percentage of re-referral rates post-intervention

  • What indicators will you apply to monitor whether the outcomes you hoped for have happened? (Once you have identified the indicator, you will need to know the current position as a baseline so that you can track progress towards the target)

a) Target number of school exclusions

b) Target level of victim satisfaction

c) Target number of re-referrals

Improved communication shown through family questionnaires before and after the family meeting

Please use the Identifying evaluation criteria template to help you.