Realising Ambition is a UK-wide £25m Big Lottery Fund programme that aims to understand what works in preventing children and young people from entering the criminal justice system. The Young Foundation and other partners are exploring what it takes for organisations in this field to move from delivering innovation to successful replication.
Tricia Hackett, leading on The Young Foundation’s involvement in the programme: “We are learning that replication is not a straight-forward, simple process of taking an intervention off the shelf and merely repeating the process in a new geographical area or with a different community. Replication takes hard work and careful management across an organisation to ensure the intervention is implemented in the right way and to the best benefit to the communities involved. The Young Foundation’s support to the Realising Ambition portfolio is focussed on supporting those interventions which are effective to be sustained once the grant funding comes to an end.”
The mid-programme report identifies five features that support effective replication to support funders and commissioners know what to look for when funding programmes as well support delivery organisations to replicate effectively.
The future focus of Realising Ambition includes supporting the delivery organisations to build their business propositions to assist in their future sustainability, as well as examining the difference each intervention has had for the children, young people and families involved.