The Justice Data Lab has been launched as a pilot from April 2013. During this pilot, a small team from Analytical Services within the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) will support organisations that provide offender services by allowing them easy access to aggregate re-offending data, specific to the group of people they have worked with. This will support organisations in understanding their effectiveness at reducing re-offending.
The service model involves organisations sending the Justice Data Lab team details of the offenders they have worked with along with information about the specific intervention they have delivered. The Justice Data Lab team then matches these offenders to MoJ’s central datasets and returns the re-offending rate of this particular cohort, alongside that of a control group of offenders with very similar characteristics in order to better identify the impact of the organisation’s work.
For further information about the Justice Data Lab, please refer to the following guidance
Main findings to date
This publication reports on the Justice Data Lab requests received in the thirteen months between the launch of the Justice Data Lab on the 2 April 2013, and 31 May 2014. During this period there were 87 requests for re-offending information through the Justice Data Lab.
No new reports are ready for publication this month. We have been working on a substantial request received in a previous month that has been identified as involving several individual requests, which will be published in due course.
Alongside this, we have also been doing some development work, including developing and testing indicators on the severity of proven re-offending over the 1 year follow up period, and time to re-offending. These indicators will be included as standard in requests in due course.
This month we have re-published the summary tables which accompanied the Justice Data Lab Statistics May 2014 to ensure that these statistics continue to be accessible; no changes have been made to the information in these tables.
The bulletin is produced and handled by the ministry’s analytical professionals and production staff.
Pre-release access of up to 24 hours is granted to the following persons: MoJ Secretary of State, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Permanent Secretary, Director of Sentencing and Rehabilitation Policy unit, relevant policy advisers for reducing re-offending (two persons in total), policy advisors for the Transforming Rehabilitation programme, and relevant press officers and special advisers.