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When implementing a programme we should think about the resources that are needed to build effective relationships, particularly as understanding an individual’s needs and building trust takes time and patience

In a guest post for drugs, alcohol and crime researcher Russell Howard’s blog, Alan Mackie of Get the Data argues that the worker-service user relationship is as important as the intervention itself. He provides a different perspective on the evidence debate, focusing on the importance of relationships rather than programmes or interventions

About the author

Alan Mackie is Director of Get the Data. It provides Social Impact Analytics to enable organisations to demonstrate their impact on society.

How could this improve services for young people?

It shows the importance of understanding the role relationships play when looking to replicate effective interventions and programmes – it’s not just about how well they are designed.

Further reading

The Recipe for Youth Success, by Kent Pekel