Ministry of Justice: Data First

Data First is an ambitious data-linking programme led by the Ministry of Justice and funded by ADR UK.

Data First aims to unlock the potential of the wealth of data already created by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), by linking administrative datasets from across the justice system and enabling accredited researchers, from within government and academia, to access the data in an ethical and responsible way. The project will also enhance the linking of justice data with other government departments.

By working in partnership with academic experts to facilitate and promote research in the justice space, Data First will create a sustainable body of knowledge on justice system users, their interactions across the criminal, family and civil courts and their needs, pathways and outcomes across a range of public services.

This will provide greater insight to inform the development of MOJ policies and drive real progress in improving social and justice outcomes.

The programme is led by MOJ and funded by ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK), an investment by the Economic Social and Research Council (ESRC).

MOJ: Data First, application form for secure access to data

Published 30 June 2020
Last updated 1 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. User guide updated and Data First prisoner custodial journey data catalogue published.

  2. User guide updated and Data First linked magistrates’ and Crown Court data catalogue published.

  3. Documents updated and Data First Crown Court defendant data catalogue published.

  4. First published.