Key findings this month
One request is being published this month and a report which responds to a peer review of the Justice Data Lab (JDL) methodology:
The request is for the Therapeutic Communities programme run by the Phoenix Futures group. This prison-based programme offers self-help communities that assist to rebuild the lives of those with substance misuse issues. This analysis indicates that there is currently insufficient evidence at this stage to draw a conclusion about the impact of completing the Therapeutic Communities (TC) programme run by Phoenix Futures on the 1 year proven reoffending rate.
The methodology review report is a response to a peer review of the JDL methodology that was put in place at the start of the JDL service. The JDL have committed to investigate several areas to assess how they may enhance the service provided. These areas include comparing the impact of using alternative statistical techniques, assessing how the JDL model can be refined, analysing additional sensitivity analyses and considering data retention practices.
Update on the Justice Data Lab service
The Justice Data Lab team have now brought the first quarter of 2014 reoffending data into the service. It is now possible for an organisation to submit information on the individuals it was working with up to the end of March 2014, in addition to during the years 2002 to 2013.
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: Ministry of Justice Secretary of State, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State - Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation, Minister of State for Civil Justice (Lords Minister), Permanent Secretary, Director General of Strategy and Change, relevant Policy Advisers for reducing re-offending and rehabilitation policy, and relevant special advisors, press officers, and private secretaries.
The report is released by the Ministry of Justice and produced in accordance with arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.
For further information about the Justice Data Lab, please refer to the guidance.