SSGT places a heavy emphasis on learning from programmes and uses a MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) approach whereby frameworks are developed for each programme. All initiatives have a learning element embedded in the approach and guides, briefing documents, reports and evaluations help to disseminate this learning. The TJI is keen to ensure that policy and practice decision makers (including those not directly involved in the work of the project) are aware of the issues for Travellers in prison and their families.
The TJI Coordinator produces quarterly reports for funders and the Steering Group – mapping progress against strategy and analysing progress to date. The experience and expertise of Steering Group members is used to inform approaches and next steps.
The TJI held two national conferences, in 2017 and 2021, to showcase the work of the TJI and highlight issues for Travellers in prison amongst decision makers, service providers, practitioners and community workers. The conferences also create a space to work collectively on sustainable strategic responses to improve outcomes for Traveller prisoners which are expected to contribute to reductions in rates of imprisonment.
The 2021 Conference, Closing the Revolving Door, was opened by His Excellency, Michael D. Higgins, and his powerful opening address is available here.
Conference reports and videos are available on the TJI Reports page (Conferences).
External Evaluation of TJI
Method Consultants carried out the evaluation of the TJI (2015-2020). The evaluation makes a series of recommendations and it can be downloaded here, and from the TJI Reports page. A series of evaluation spotlight papers are also available from the TJI Reports page.