Research & Media
COSA has been developed as a practise based approach, out of a strong belief in ethical and practical principles and was less derived from theoretical insights into sex offender relapse prevention. The call for ‘evidence based practise’, however, is growing in social intervention policies and funding, which means that interventions more and more have to provide proof that money has been well spent and goals are being met.
However, research into the implementation, outcome and possible effects of COSA is still limited. The shortage of research into COSA leaves many research questions still unanswered. Therefoe, more, and more detailed studies into effects and effective processes of COSA are needed to gather evidence of the impact of Circles in different national settings.
Several partner institution of the Circles4EU project have performed or are performing research within the spectrum of COSA. Here below you find an overview of the research topics. For more information on the research topic, click on the corresponding link. If you want to add you research to this web page, please complete this form and send it to email@example.com
- Hoing et al. 2016 Community support for sex offender rehabilitation
- WINDER et al. 2016 The Mixed Method Evaluation of 188 UK-Wide Community Circles of Support and Accountability Munster 20 Sept
- 16Hoing 2016 Dutch volunteers in CoSA Munster 2016
- Bates & Wager 2016 Circles UK Dynamic risk review Munster
- Psychosocial changes in the core member in the COSA pilot-program application (Cat)
- Volunteers supporting sex offenders in a Circle of Support and Accountability-balancing job demands and job resources (NL)
- Co-creating safe rehabilitation of sex offenders: The interplay of community engagement, professional expertise and government policies in COSA projects (NL)
- How do Circles work? Exploring and evaluating the experience of Core Members (UK)
- Circles of Support and Accountability: Countering the Risk Discourse? (UK)
- Background and theory
- Effectiveness and other quantitative studies
- Qualitative research
- Previous reviews of literature/research relating specifically to Circles
- Other research (discussing wider aspects of Circles, not already covered above)
Take a look at our previous research page here.
Here you find an overview of articles on COSA published in European media since the start of the project Circles4EU: