Becoming a Man (BAM) is a two-year, group-based social-emotional programme delivered in schools with adolescent boys. Developed in Chicago by Youth Guidance, it seeks to improve education outcomes and reduce criminal activity by promoting positive youth development.
Two randomised controlled trials in the US demonstrate positive outcomes, including reduced arrests for violent crime and improved school performance. BAM has been imported to the UK by the Mental Health Foundation and is being implemented in Lambeth, London.
The study aims to explore, first, for whom and under what circumstances BAM is feasible in the UK, and second, whether it shows positive outcomes on measures concerned with education and behaviour.
The first phase of the project (January – October 2020) involves adapting programme content and implementation structures for a new context.
The second phase (October 2020 – July 2021) involves data collection and analysis for the feasibility study.
The third phase (July – August 2021) involves taking stock of feasibility study results and developing a strategic evidence plan to inform the next phase.
The fourth phase (September 2021 to March 2022) involves data collection and analysis for either (a) a pilot outcomes evaluation (if the feasibility study deems that this is warranted) or (b) further feasibility testing.
The project will generate a series of outputs, including an article on the adaptation process and reports on results from the feasibility study and pilot outcomes evaluation.
- Dartington Service Design Lab
- Mental Health Foundation
- Youth Guidance