Project Timeline

38 jurisdictions were approached and invited to participate in the project.  Each was asked to nominate a correspondent to be the first point of contact.  34 jurisdictions were actively engaged with the project. The correspondents brought academic, strategic, policy and operational experience, from prisons, probation and Justice Ministries.

The first stage was to conduct a Literature Review to establish the starting point in terms of research, evidence and knowledge.

The original plan, to collect data through an online questionnaire, was abandoned when the pilot showed that it would not produce the "intelligence" required.

A new methodology was devised. Telephone interviews were used to draw a System Map for each jurisdiction.  System Maps were edited through correspondence.  

Correspondents all came to sub-regional Focus Groups to debate and share issues and further refine the System Maps. The Focus Groups went very well.  A special Focus Group was run in Germany to capture the diversity in the different German Länder. 

Between the last Focus Group and the Conference in Barcelona, project attention was focussed on analysing the findings, refining the System Maps and building this website.

The final conference in Barcelona, 29th and 30th September 2011 was chaired by Professor Ioan Durnescu and  attended by representatives from almost every European correctional jurisdiction

A small delegation from the Project Board made a successful presentation to members of the European Commission in December 2011.

Legacy

The DOMICE project finished its operational work with the presentation to the EC in December 2011.

In the correctional community of Europe, the project leaves behind: 

  • an improved and more consistent understanding of the concept of case management, contributing to better cross-border dialogue, understanding and sharing
  • a clearer appreciation of the central role of good case management to the effectiveness and efficiency of correctional systems, and guidance on how to design and deliver it better
  • a higher profile for this important function in the minds of strategic and operational managers
  • a significant contribution to international understanding, essential for the implementation of Framework Decisions 909 and 947
  • better awareness of the Council of Europe Prison and Probation Rules
  • a network of key personnel, able to continue to work together both independently and through the CEP
  • a replicable project methodology with particular success in engaging European jurisdictions to work together
  • a (this) rich, informative website, which fulfills the role of handbook, reference point and practice guide
  • a discussion forum (hosted by the CEP) for continued dialogue, debate and problem-solving.