CEI is working with the Campbell Collaboration to develop an evidence and gap map for the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) in the UK. Evidence and gap maps are a key approach to understanding the evidence in a particular area of practice. They use systematic approaches to identify the areas of practice where there is already a significant body of high-quality evidence, and those where there are gaps. The map will focus on evidence around interventions to reduce offending amongst 10-14-year old youths.
The project which will take a wide-framed approach and will involve consultation with policymakers, practitioners, commissioners and academics to ensure that the map reflects a cross section of need and the realities of practice. The project will also produce a number of summaries of the evidence in the areas where there is already a strong evidence base. YEF will use the map as a key resource going forward; it will inform the future directions that evidence reviews and evaluations take, and influence the production of an evidence portal.