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Inspiring Futures

About the project

The Inspiring Futures project is the research component of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s Inspiring Futures programme – an ambitious array of work, bringing together leading arts in criminal justice organisations to provide a ground-breaking artistic programme in prisons and the community. Funded by the ESRC, the research is independent but embedded within the Inspiring Futures programme. It aims to establish a new cross-disciplinary theory of arts impact in the criminal justice sector. It will also develop a comprehensive and theoretically-informed evaluation framework to measure the many different ways in which the arts within criminal justice provision can impact individuals, communities, and society.


More information:

Read our Research Outline

Find out about our methods

Discover the Inspiring Futures app

Meet our Project Partners

Inspiring Futures Research Report 

  • Click here for a short film on the research findings
  • Click here for more about the aims of the research and the making of the film


Inspiring Futures is a 3-year research project investigating the impact and meaning of arts projects in the criminal justice system. It is an independent research project, embedded into the Inspiring Futures programme run by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, investigating the work of a number of arts partner organisations. It is funded by the ESRC.

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Phone/text: 07707 288282