Process evaluation of the COVA-programme; improving cognitive skills of (former) prisoners
- Poppel, J. van, Tackoen, I., Moors, H.
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- IVA beleidsonderzoek en advies, Universiteit van Tilburg
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Many (former) prisoners have problems in the area of cognitive skills. Because no programmes exist in the Netherlands which are aimed at improving cognitive skills and could therefore lead to a reduction in recidivism, the Interventions Study Group of the Recidivism Reduction programme decided to translate the Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS) programme (Cova in Dutch), which has proved effective in England, and introduce it in the Netherlands.
To find out whether the programme would be feasible in the Dutch situation as well, the programme was tested in the spring of 2004 on five groups of prisoners (intramurally) and three groups of probation service clients (extramurally).