Evaluating Civic Education in the Juvenile Detention System

Final Report of the PrEval Series Discusses Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges of Evaluations

Titelbild PRIF Report X/2022 (Foto: Anton Porsche, Unsplash, Unsplash License/Bearbeitung: Anja Feix).

Civic education programs in the context of detention are diverse and increasingly important. All programs have the same goal: to provide detained youth with opportunities for discussion and reflection in order to strengthen their resilience to anti-­democratic attitudes and their self-efficacy. The lack of freedom poses a particular challenge in this regard and raises the question of how politically educational programs are compatible with the structures and to what extent such measures can nevertheless have an impact. The final report of the PrEval series addresses this area of tension and discusses the extent to which evaluations and scientific monitoring can contribute to the optimization of existing and future programs.

For this purpose, the authors, together with partners from the field, have accompanied two projects of the bpb funding line “Political Education in Juvenile Detention”. With the help of an intensive academic-practical exchange and on the basis of expert interviews and project diaries, they have identified existing challenges, approaches, but also opportunities for the special context of detention. The resulting report documents the results of the case study and provides insights for future evaluations of political education measures in juvenile detention.

Download: Tultschinetski, Sina/Theis, Désirée/Rieth, Alisa: Evaluation politischer Bildung im Jugendstrafvollzug - Ansätze, Chancen, Herausforderungen, PRIF Report 12/2022, Frankfurt/M.

In addition to the report, the PrEval Project makes the evaluation questionnaires and project diaries developed in the course of the case study available for download. The materials are aimed at researchers, prevention practitioners and evaluators and can be adapted to suit the context and intended use.
To download from the PrEval project website, see preval.hsfk.de/results/prif-reports.

For further information on the project “PrEval - Evaluation Designs for Prevention Measures”, please visit preval.hsfk.de (in German). The complete PrEval report series, which summarizes the results and findings of the project, can be found at preval.hsfk.de/results/prif-reports.