Evaluating a programme designed to prevent violent extremism can be challenging. However, there are several pieces work either already published or underway which focus on this issue.
A mapping of projects funded by the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund was published at the recent national Prevent conference, on 10 December. It estimates that the Pathfinder fund reached over 44,000 individuals. The report also collates locally focussed evaluation reports where they were available and provides a synthesis of their findings.
A number of reviews took place in 2008, including the Audit Commission and HMIC’s Learning and Development Exercise, which looked at how local partners and partnerships were responding to the challenge of preventing violent extremism. The document “Delivering Prevent—Responding to Learning” brings together the key themes from these reviews and is available on the CLG website.
Further work is under way to develop our approach to, and methodology for, evaluating work to prevent violent extremism locally.
In order to build resilience to violent extremism where it is most needed, the eligibility for, and distribution of funding has been based on the size of local Muslim communities.
While every eligible local authority receives a minimum level of funding for prevent work, the overall funding level reflects the size of the Muslim population that the authority will be working with. The criteria for eligibility reduces from 2008-09 to 2010-11 to provide funding to an increasing number of authorities, with 94 funded by 2010-11. Details of funding amounts can be found on the CLG website.