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Implementing The LS/CMI in Scotland. Quality Assurance & The Learning Evaluation. Ian McIntosh; Quality Assurance Lead. The Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) in Scotland. The LS/CMI project:

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implementing the ls cmi in scotland

Implementing The LS/CMI in Scotland

Quality Assurance & The Learning Evaluation

Ian McIntosh; Quality Assurance Lead

the level of service case management inventory ls cmi in scotland
The Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) in Scotland

The LS/CMI project:

Implementation of a consistent offender risk/ needs assessment, case management & risk management planning method across agencies

the ls cmi scotland content
The LS/CMI (Scotland) content

Offender History Form


LSI-R:SV & Initial Analysis of Offending

1. General Risk/Need Factors


2. Specific Risk/Need Factors

3. Prison Experience – Institutional Factors

4. Other Client Issues

5. Special Responsivity Considerations

6. Risk/Need Summary & Override

7. Risk/Need Profile & Analysis of Offending

8. Programme/Placement Decision

9. Case Planning

RoSH/ Analysis of Offending


Risk Management Planning

10. Progress Record

11. Discharge Summary

Piloted in 1 community Criminal Justice Social Work area & 1 prison

Informed development of national training & evaluation strategy


the ls cmi system in scotland
Electronic version – allows information sharing

Introduced across all CJSW services and prisons in Scotland

National training & implementation completed March 2012 (1000+ staff)

The LS/CMI system in Scotland
evaluation other qa measures matter
Evaluation & other QA Measures Matter

Considerable investment (££ & time)

Need to ensure the method implemented well & used effectively

Need for ongoing evaluation & other QA measures

ls cmi training learning objectives
LS/CMI Training: Learning Objectives

To have a working knowledge of the application of the of the LS/CMI approach in Scotland (appropriate & proportionate assessment and communicating it meaningfully)

To have a working knowledge of the underpinning research & theoretical rationale of the LS/CMI

To have a working knowledge of the implications of the RNR model for the assessment & management of offending behaviour

To understand and be able to make responsible use of the LSI:SV and the analysis of offending

To understand and be able to make responsible use of the LS/CMI including analysis of offending and case management planning

To gain awareness of the assessment of risk of serious harm

To gain awareness of the elements of risk management planning

meeting these objectives how is quality assured
Meeting these objectives/ how is quality assured?

Complete training course (!)

Knowledge & skills tested: pre & immediate post training

Immediate post-training questionnaire


Does the learning transfer into the ‘real world’…?

learning evaluation interim findings
Learning Evaluation - Interim Findings

Final report: September 2012

Comparison of prior experience vs new users of the LS method

pre-course briefing is a resource that could be better delivered

Course too long/ too short…?

Learning Gain all shifted in a positive direction but least confident = If/ then rules

learning evaluation focus groups
Learning Evaluation – Focus Groups

Retention of learning?

6 months after started using:

focus groups

Scoring exercise

Main issue: inconsistent identification/ use of strengths

learning evaluation focus groups1
Learning Evaluation – Focus Groups
  • Need for ‘refresher training’ & ongoing support, but…
  • Refresher ‘training’ – not necessarily a need for additional external training events
  • A role for local champions/ mentors, but…
  • Need to provide ongoing support and guidance for champions/ mentors.
next steps
Next Steps…
  • Learning from the evaluation to inform further development of training
  • Users Forum to develop role of and to support locally identified champions/ mentors
next steps1
Next Steps…
  • Further evaluation of transfer of learning into practice
  • data on all assessments to be analysed (monthly)
  • samples of case management plans (6 monthly)
  • samples of risk management plans (12 months)

…to consider

next steps2
Next Steps…
  • What are the identified risk/needs – locally & nationally?
  • Does assessed risk/ need level correspond with decisions regarding level of intervention?
  • Are higher needs reflected within case plans?
  • ..and more
thank you

Thank you

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