“The IFJR accompanies you” consists in supporting public or private organizations wishing to develop a programme of restorative justice involving one or several measures of restorative justice. This support includes helping in designing and implementing the project and/ or an evaluation of the programme in the course of its implementation or a posteriori.
Several options of support which may be cumulative are offered:
- A specific or regular intervention of one or several “Restorative justice passer“. This type of intervention is particularly useful when the project is being drafted. Organizing an awareness seminar bringing together all the partners of the sponsoring structure often is the opportunity to assess the level of involvement and professionalism the organization can rely on with its partners.
- An assessment of the organization prior to the development of a restorative justice programme. It aims at identifying the practices of restorative justice which have already been implemented or likely to be. It is carried out in a participative way and allows to bring out the strengths on which the organization can rely to design its programme as well as the weaknesses which will have to be reckoned with in the course of this restorative project. The aim of this type of intervention is to hand over a report prepared with the members of the organization which makes useful recommendations for designing a restorative justice programme. Following a joint reflection between the members of the Institute, the organization and its partners, the report can also lead to designing a restorative justice project.
- Accompaniment in the implementation of a restorative justice project through the intervention of a consultant (researcher) of the Institute in the organization. This kind of support can be provided following a preliminary assessment. The Institute accompanies the organization in the implementation of its project of restorative justice. The accompaniment can also be considered when the programme is already in progress in which case the intervention of the Institute is conditional on an assessment of the organization in order to estimate the needs and the expectations of the participants. In the case of an accompaniment, the Institute helps the organization to draw up the list of specifications, partnership agreements, service plan and supervision of the practices, which are crucial to the success of the programme.
- The evaluation of a programme of restorative justice. In this type of intervention, the Institute designs a protocol of evaluation with the organization and its partners according to the needs and expectations of the stakeholders of the programme. The evaluation can be carried out all along the programme i.e.at the same time as the implementation of the restorative justice measures. It can also be carried out after the programme i.e. after the implementation of the measures on which the evaluation bears. The evaluation is crucial to the programme of restorative justice. It can bear on the feedback from the participants and their satisfaction of the programme, more particularly as regards the satisfaction of their needs and expectations. This kind of qualitative evaluation allows to measure the impact of the programme on the participants mainly as far as their restoration is concerned. It can also measure the impact of the programme on the organization and its partners. The aim of this kind of evaluation is to measure the impact of the implementation of the measures of restorative justice on the professional environment of the participants as well as on their professional practice. When the protocol of evaluation is planned at the same time as the implementation of the programme, it can include tools for the follow-up of the programme which are useful for its management.
The ideal format for the intervention recommended by the IFJR includes all of these interventions according to the following pattern:
- Awareness seminar for the stakeholders (the sponsoring organization and its partners)
- Assessment of the existing programmes which consists in identifying the points of entry available for the implementation of a restorative justice programme as well as the means and partnerships which can be put into place to that effect;
- Development of the programme which consists in designing the programme (aims and means) alongside the professionals (in a participatory action research and inclusive logic) as well as designing the terms and conditions of the evaluation of the programme;
- Training the contributors in the implementation of the measures as well as the partners likely to refer users;
- Follow-up of the implementation of the programme consisting in supporting the professionals in the implementation of the first measures following the training of the facilitators and the representatives of the community should the occasion arise.
- Evaluation of the programme consisting in determining the specific period of observation and monitoring progress during implementation;
- Promotion of the programme through the organization of specific events (seminars, awareness day, publications)
You can apply for the IFJR’s accompaniment via the contact form. A member of the Institute Office will contact you.