Research at MOJ

Ministry of Justice (MOJ) research and analysis.

Our approach to research and analysis

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) conducts an extensive programme of analytical and research-based work. Diverse teams of experts from different fields advise, challenge and support the Ministry of Justice and its ministers in delivering a world class justice system.

The research and analysis conducted within the ministry includes:

  • primary social research, research reviews and managing commissioned external research
  • provision of justice statistics and secondary data analysis
  • cost benefit analyses, impact assessments and econometric modelling
  • forecasting, modelling and performance analysis
  • data visualisation, advanced analytics and data engineering

We use cutting edge tools, techniques and methodologies to collaborate across departments as well as externally.

Areas of Research Interest

The Areas of Research Interest document is part of MOJ’s ambition to put evidence at the heart of the justice system.

The Areas of Research Interest highlights key strategic areas where we as a department would like to see an increase in the evidence base.

We are keen to work in partnership with external research communities and funders to strengthen and develop the evidence base.

A log of approved external data requests by MOJ and HMCTS can be found on GOV.UK.

Apply to conduct research

The links below cover the processes available to facilitate access to MOJ data as well as the Courts, Tribunals, Prison and Probation services to undertake research.

Prisons research at Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)

Courts research at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)

Research through Data First

Other justice related research



Research within MOJ’s agencies and arms length bodies

Data First