The Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition is a group of 21 charitable trusts, foundations and individual philanthropists.
We were set up to sustain a shift from imprisonment to community sentencing for vulnerable women offenders, through advocacy, funding and critical partnership with charities and government.
In 2011, with funding kindly provided by the Nuffield Foundation, the CIFC commissioned the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR) at Birkbeck College, London to evaluate the development and impact of six community-based services with a focus on women offenders and women at risk of offending. The study was designed to capture best practice and monitor how services develop and how they measure their impact. It is a timely reminder of the enormous value of these “one-stop ” services and the risk they face by being judged simply through the …
This report published by the new economics foundation aims to support local commissioners and decision-makers in meeting the needs of vulnerable women efficiently and effectively. Its findings are the outcome of a year-long research collaboration between nef consulting and five women’s community services, which was funded by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Corston Independent Funders Coalition (CIFC) through the Women’s Diversionary Fund (WDF).
The full report can be downloaded below:
Published by nef, supported by the Corston Independent Funders Coalition (CIFC)
The Corston Independent Funders’ Coalition (CIFC) has just published an external evaluation on the work it has undertaken since 2008. The report shows that its unique approach to funding advocacy has ensured the crucial issue of women in prison remains a priority for the government and UK public.
In the decade since the start of 2000 the number of women in prison had risen by 60%. Most served ineffective and wasteful short sentences of six months or less. With many having experienced high rates of mental health problems, sexual abuse, domestic …