The detailed structure of the Experiencing Supervision reports

For those of you in (or interested) in the Experiencing Supervision group, here is the structure that we agreed in Brussels for the country reports on this topic (which are due at the end of November). If you are struggling with composing your report, this might help.

Experiencing supervision

Detailed structure for the country report

When completing your country report, please pay attention to this structure. You should include empirical studies, articles, books, dissertation papers, case studies, etc, where available. Although the Cost action does not cover juveniles, you should refer to existing literature/research where it supports and informs our understanding of working with adult offenders. It is recognised that different jurisdictions will have different understandings of what is covered by the term ‘supervision’. For the purpose of this action we refer to it as ‘any control or/and assistance provided for offenders in the community under the authority of the state’.


In this section you should include a short and concise description of the supervision system in your country including the organizational structure, educational background of probation staff, the main roles and activities undertaken, judicial and governmental statistics and probation caseload statistics (2006-2011).

2. Offenders under supervision

This section should include a discussion of the demographics of the offender populations in your jurisdiction including age, gender, type of offences etc, (at least for 2011). Please provide statistics according to the sentences received (e.g. how many received community service, electronic monitoring etc.).

3. Experiencing supervision – the offender’s account

Please refer to the studies that present the experience of supervision from the offender’s point of view. Are there studies describing offender perceptions depending on the type of sentences they received (e.g. community service, electronic monitoring etc.)? if yes, please describe these studies in separate paragraphs. Also include those studies that consider the perception of offenders towards probation partners (e.g. social services, drug treatment, community service providers etc.). Please also look for observational studies that capture the experience of supervision. Special attention should be paid to: conclusions and methodology (sample, data collection instrument, data analysis, interpretation, limits). Please summarize the findings from your point of view.

4. Experiencing supervision – third parties 

Where available summarize those studies that describe reactions or perceptions of the family or other relatives or employers or neighbors on the supervision. How are they affected? How do they consider supervision? Please pay attention to conclusions and methodologies (as above) and summarize and reflect on the findings. Perceptions of probation officers regarding supervision are not necessary as these will be covered by the ‘Practicing Supervision’ Working Group.

5. Victim engagement with probation

Please provide a summary of the available studies that describe how supervision or other probation interventions (e.g. mediation etc.) are perceived by victims. As above pay special attention to conclusions and methodology.  Please summarize the findings and provide your own opinion on this category of studies.

6. Public/politicians/judiciary/media/service providers view on supervision

Please summarize the studies that discuss public attitudes/ political opinion/the role of the mass media/ and other service providers (drug treatment, social services etc.) or views of sentencers and prosecutors. Please include also their perceptions or opinions on pre-sentence reports/social inquiry reports. Special attention should be paid to conclusions and methodology. Summarize the findings and provide your own reflections on this subject as it is derived from the studies.

7. General conclusions

What is the state of art of research on experiencing supervision in your jurisdictions? What are the main findings? What are the gaps? What are the limits of the research ? provide suggestions for future research.


Please ensure that your report is referenced using the Harvard referencing system.


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