Researchers to develop first ever Europe-wide survey to track children’s wellbeing as they grow up

The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester Metropolitan University leads international project that will generate exciting new data to help policy makers improve child and youth well-being


Needs assessment: risk, desistance and engagement

PERU's Kevin Wong co-authors a new Academic Insights paper for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation


High probation caseloads jeopardise the quality of delivery and practitioner’s wellbeing

PERU contributes to a report showing that the quality of probation delivery falls when practitioners are responsible for managing more than 50 cases.


Needs assessment and effective engagement

PERU researcher argues that needs assessment and sentence planning should transcend their core justice functions and set the tone for effective engagement between people supervised by probation and their supervisors


Celebrating International Restorative Justice Week

The British Journal of Community Justice hosted and managed by PERU is marking International Restorative Justice Week by publishing two new papers.


Centre for Homelessness Impact systematic review – Call for Evidence

The Centre for Homelessness Impact has appointed the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester to undertake a systematic review of the effectiveness of harm reduction versus abstinence-based substance use interventions for people experiencing homelessness.


The Dark Side of Masculinity: Implications for Human Health

PERU's Anton Roberts, a Graduate Research Assistant who is undertaking a PhD at PERU presented a paper at the North East Post Graduate (NEPG) 2020 conference.


Thinking about the future differently – new report in partnership with the RSA

Today A stitch in time? Realising the value of futures and foresight is published by the RSA.


Conference call: migrant children’s integration in European communities

PERU is a member of the MiCREATE project. The MiCREATE consortium is holding a confererence in Krakow, Poland from the 4-5 December 2020 and welcomes papers, which elaborate and explore both theoretical and practical problems of migrant children’s integration in European communities.


PERU’s Kevin Wong is new Chair of the Criminal Justice Alliance

After an open recruitment and selection process PERU’s Kevin Wong (Reader in Community Justice and Associate Director Criminal Justice) has been appointed as the new Chair of the Criminal Justice Alliance (CJA).


Young People and Mental health: How do young people want mental health support to be delivered?

Kim Heyes, ManMet colleagues and Youth Mental Health Matters recently conducted some consultation groups with young people, professionals, and parents about what they think mental health services should look like for young people.


Do Social Impact Bonds help spur innovation?

Professor Gary Painter, Director at the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the University of Southern California, and a Visiting Professor at PERU, presented new findings from collaborative research with staff at PERU on Social Impact Bonds at Oxford University.


Reforming the State After Covid: PERU’s Chris O’Leary speaking at Adam Smith Institute webinar

Chris O'Leary joins The Rt Hon David Davis MP, Douglas Carswell who is a former MP and the co-director of the Good Governance Project and Matthew Lesh who is the Head of Research at the Adam Smith Institute for a panel discussing reforming the State after Covid.


Art scheme can help prisoners to develop and feel positive about their futures

Sally Taylor, Chief Executive of Koestler Arts is “delighted” with the PERU research into the impact of the Koestler Arts Awards on prisoners and prisons. 


COVID-19 Reflections

New blogs reflecting on COVID-19 have been published today by the British Journal of Community Justice, hosted and managed by PERU


Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland

The draft report of a project to model the economic impact of a citizen’s basic income in Scotland has been published today.


Hate Crime and racist prejudice in the criminal justice system.

The British Journal of Community Justice (BJCJ) hosted and managed by PERU, has published the first of a two-part special issue on Hate Crime and racist prejudice in the criminal justice system.


Preventing PPE shortages

PERU’s Kevin Wong and Barbara Shepherd from the Manchester Fashion Institute have set out policy recommendations for preventing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE).


New Issue – The MacPherson Report: Current Relections

The new free issue of the British Journal of Community Justice has been published today.


Covid-19 in prisons in England and Wales

Responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, the British Journal of Community Justice has published it first commentary on institutional responses to the crisis.


Reflections from the classroom. MiCreate team blogs its research

Already in its second year, MiCreate, a project providing a child-centred approach to exploring and surmounting integration challenges, has gathered valuable insights from schools across Manchester.


Futures thinking and strategic foresight

In collaboration with the Royal Society of Arts and MetroPolis we will be working with policy-makers, RSA Fellows and others to answer an important and timely question: what benefits do foresight methods offer to support policy-makers and practitioners, and to stimulate public dialogue on key issues?


Why Evaluate? Lunchtime Conference Programme: Widening Participation, Evaluation and COVID 19

PERU's Chris Fox is speaking at Villiers Park Educational Trust's virtual ‘lunchtime’ conference programme on evaluation in the Higher Education widening participation agenda.


Top authors

PERU’s Kevin Wong and Rachel Kinsella along with their co-author Linda Meadows have been awarded a certificate of achievement by the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.


‘People get killed cause of there [their] skin. It cannot be stopped’ …

Sarah Page examines the United Kingdom pupil experience of racism and race-hate-related extremism through research


International webinar with Indonesia

his morning PERU is hosting the second international Webinar with from the Centre for Digital Society (CFDS) at the University of Gadjah Mada.


The Manchester CRIME and JUSTICE Film Festival 2020

This year’s festival, orgainsed by Kevin Wong and Gavin Bailey of PERU and Lucy Simpson from RAH! starts on the 18th March with a screening of i Believe in You introduced by Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Probation, Justin Russell.


Sharing our research with Indonesia

PERU staff are reaching out to our colleagues in Indonesia. Last week PERU’s Stephen Morris presented by live webinar to students and staff at the University of Indonesia.


Crime and Justice Networking and Learning Fair

The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit and Criminal Justice Alliance are holding a Crime and Justice Networking and Learning Fair on Wednesday 18th March at Manchester Metropolitan University.


More than a tick-box? the role of training in improving police responses to hate crime

Stevie-Jade Hardy, Neil Chakraborti and Ilda Cuko identify how police training can be improved to address the under-reporting and inconsistent recording of hate crime


HM Probation Inspectorate publish paper on innovation in probation

HM Inspectorate of Probation today publishes a report by Professors Chris Fox and Kevin Albertson, exploring the concept of innovation and its application to the delivery of probation services.


Launch event of EuroCohort: Growing Up in Europe

the case for the new Growing Up in Europe Survey as developed by The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP)


Roundtable on EuroCohort at Department for Education

Today members of PERU are leading a roundtable session at the Department for Education updating on the latest developments in the EuroCohort project.


Training on counterfactual impact evaluation at the European institute for Public Administration

Stephen Morris is part of a team delivering a course on Capacity Building in Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual and Theory-Based Approaches at the European institute for Public Administration in Barcelona.


New free issue of the British Journal of Community Justice

The new free issue of the British Journal of Community Justice has been published today.


Training on counterfactual impact evaluation at the European institute for Public Administration

Stephen Morris is part of a team delivering a course on Capacity Building in Impact Evaluation: Counterfactual and Theory-Based Approaches at the European institute for Public Administration in Barcelona. 


Putting the community back into payback

Dave Nicholson who is a PhD student with PERU has written a chapter on the potential for co-operatives to re-shape community payback in a book published yesterday.


PERU hosts successful Prisoner Learning Academic Network seminar

Last week PERU were pleased to host the second in a series of seminars for the Prisoner Learning Academic Network.


Academy for Social Justice event on 28th November postponed to January 15th

Unfortunately the Academy for Social Justice has had to defer the date of their seminar entitled “Prevention is better than court” which will now not take place on 28 November.


If reoffending is not the only outcome what are the alternatives?

In a new paper published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation, PERU’s Kevin Wong argues that probation provision is complex, delivered by a wide range of providers dealing with diverse service users and performing differing functions.


Needs assessment for people with convictions: Integrating risk needs and responsivity with desistance principles

Rachel Horan PERU Associate Researcher and Director of the Averment Group along with PERU’s Kevin Wong and Kirstine Szifris set out the case for operationalising risk needs and responsivity (RNR) and desistance principles in their newly published paper on the Enablers of Change needs assessment tool.


Needs assessment for people with convictions: Integrating risk needs and responsivity with desistance principles

Rachel Horan PERU Associate Researcher and Director of the Averment Group along with PERU’s Kevin Wong and Kirstine Szifris set out the case for operationalising risk needs and responsivity (RNR) and desistance principles in their newly published paper on the Enablers of Change needs assessment tool.


Adopting Market Stewardship in criminal justice

PERU’s Kevin Wong will make the case for adopting market stewardship principles in contracting with voluntary sector agencies at a conference on “The power of collaboration:


Student winners for Manchester Crime and Justice Film Festival

Congratulations to Charlotte Gislam and Rebecca Wynne-Walsh, the joint winners of the Festival’s student choice competition.


Student winners for Manchester Crime and Justice Film Festival

Congratulations to Charlotte Gislam and Rebecca Wynne-Walsh, the joint winners of the Festival’s student choice competition.


Ashwin Kumar speaks at the Office for National Statistics Data Capability Research Excellence Awards in London

Ashwin Kumar spoke at the Office for National Statistics Data Capability Research Excellence Awards in London. 


Ashwin Kumar speaks at the Office for National Statistics Data Capability Research Excellence Awards in London

Ashwin Kumar spoke at the Office for National Statistics Data Capability Research Excellence Awards in London. 


PERU participates in the General Assembly of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

PERU's Chris Fox and Ashwin Kumar too part in the General Assembly of the UN affiliated European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.


PERU participates in the General Assembly of the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

PERU's Chris Fox and Ashwin Kumar too part in the General Assembly of the UN affiliated European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research.


Successful US launch of our partnership with Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at University of Southern California

PERU's Chris Fox was at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles last week for the launch of our partnership with the Price Center for Social Innovation.


Successful US launch of our partnership with Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at University of Southern California

PERU's Chris Fox was at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles last week for the launch of our partnership with the Price Center for Social Innovation.


Successful US launch of our partnership with Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at University of Southern California

PERU's Chris Fox was at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles last week for the launch of our partnership with the Price Center for Social Innovation.


PERU to evaluate three Young Endowment Fund projects

PERU is pleased to announce that it is working with the Youth Endowment Fund to evaluate 3 of the twenty two projects for which funding is announced today.


PERU to evaluate three Young Endowment Fund projects

PERU is pleased to announce that it is working with the Youth Endowment Fund to evaluate 3 of the twenty two projects for which funding is announced today.


PERU to evaluate three Young Endowment Fund projects

PERU is pleased to announce that it is working with the Youth Endowment Fund to evaluate 3 of the twenty-two projects for which funding is announced today.


Does it work: the challenges of designing robust impact evaluations

PERU’s Stephen Morris and Kevin Wong are hosting and leading a learning workshop today for Greater Manchester policy makers, commissioners and service providers.


Does it work: the challenges of designing robust impact evaluations

PERU’s Stephen Morris and Kevin Wong are hosting and leading a learning workshop today for Greater Manchester policy makers, commissioners and service providers. 


Securing High-quality Data on Populations

Population Europe have published a policy brief which argues that there is a need for high quality comparative longitudinal survey for the full life-course.


Securing High-quality Data on Populations

Population Europe have published a policy brief which argues that there is a need for high quality comparative longitudinal survey for the full life-course.


Securing High-quality Data on Populations

Population Europe have published a policy brief which argues that there is a need for high quality comparative longitudinal survey for the full life-course. 


The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) gears up to bring the EuroCohort survey to life

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is developing the technical, financial and political case for a European-wide longitudinal cohort study of children and young people's wellbeing.


The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) gears up to bring the EuroCohort survey to life

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is developing the technical, financial and political case for a European-wide longitudinal cohort study of children and young people's wellbeing.


Hate Crime Reporting Policy is fundamentally flawed

At a national conference today PERU’s Kevin Wong will argue that the Government’s Hate Crime Reporting Policy is fundamentally flawed, reliant on good intentions but inadequately resourced


Hate Crime Reporting Policy is fundamentally flawed

At a national conference today PERU’s Kevin Wong will argue that the Government’s Hate Crime Reporting Policy is fundamentally flawed, reliant on good intentions but inadequately resourced.


PERU to evaluate the RESCALED project – promoting Detention Houses

Over the next three years PERU will evaluate the implementation and impact of the RESCALED programme.


Ashwin Kumar speaks at Fabian Society event on the future of work for low-paid workers

Dr Kim Heyes is speaking at the 5th Community Psychology Festival in Brighton at a workshop on Bringing Activism back into Community Psychology.


Kim Heyes appointed as Trustee and Non-Executive Director of PSS

Kim Heyes has been appointed a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of PSS.


University hosts huge international sociology conference

The University, led by staff in PERU, has co-hosted a huge international sociology conference – welcoming over 3000 delegates to Manchester.


Radical reforms to local authorities have gone unnoticed and unchallenged: Chris O’Leary writes in The Conversation

In an article in The Conversation PERU's Chris O'Leary argues that reforms to the way local authorities are funded are probably the most radical – and least discussed – changes made by the coalition and conservative governments since 2010.


PERU joins Evaluation Panel of the Youth Endowment Fund

The recently established Youth Endowment Fund (YEF) has announced that PERU, with our colleagues at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS), has been successful in its bid to join their new Evaluation Panel.


MiCreate Conference in Barcelona: ‘Migrant children’s integration and education in Europe: Approaches, methodologies and policies’

The consortium of the European project MiCREATE will host a symposium, on 24 and 25 October 2019 to explore:


Innovation and the future of probation

Chris Fox delivered a presentation to HM Inspectorate of Probation's Summer School for its Assistant Inspectors.


What works in reducing re-offending

Today Chris Fox and Andrew Smith will be delivering a seminar at the Ministry of Justice on What Works in Reducing Reoffending.


Ashwin Kumar chairs panel discussion at launch of Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

Ashwin Kumar chaired the panel discussion at the launch on 22 July of the Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter.


Ashwin Kumar speaks at Fabian Society event on the future of work for low-paid workers

On 24 July, Ashwin Kumar will speak at a Fabian Society event on the future of work for low-paid workers


Ashwin Kumar speaks at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership event on Women and the Future of Work

Ashwin Kumar spoke at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership event on Women and the Future of Work. 


PERU helping to organise the 14th European Sociological Association

The local organising committee of the 14h European Sociological Association, taking place in Manchester, is chaired by PERU's Gary Pollock and members include PERU's Jessica Ozan and Aleks Szymczyk.


Kirstine Szifris appointed vice-Chair of Prisoner Learning Academic Network

Kirstine Szifris has been appointed the vice-Chair of Prisoner Learning Academic Network (PLAN).


New partnership with the University of Southern California

We are pleased to announce a new international partnership on social impact investing between Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Southern California.


Professor Sir Martin Narey’s inaugural lecture published

In his inaugural lecture in March, PERU’s Visiting Professor Sir Martin Narey reflected on the links between care, custody, alcohol and child neglect


PERU appointed to What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care Panel of Evaluators

The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit have been appointed to Panel of Evaluators for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.


PERU launch Reducing Reoffending website

PERU will today launch the Reducing Reoffending website.


New podcast on personalisation

Staff from PERU feature in a new podcast on personalisation.


Manchester CRIME and JUSTICE Film Festival – PERU’s Kevin Wong on BBC Radio Manchester

PERU’s Kevin Wong will appear on BBC Radio Manchester today to talk about The Manchester CRIME and JUSTICE Film Festival.  


Using Digital Technology to Improve Learning

PERU's Andrew Smith and Man Met ESRI's Professor Cathy Lewin recently carried out a comprehensive review of global evidence describing the effectiveness of digital technologies in raising attainment in schools.


Webinar: Children and Adolescents Speaking Truth to Adults – Ethics and Participation

PERU member Dr Jessica Ozan will be contributing to a YouthPower Learning Webinar this Thursday 4th March.


The Manchester Crime and Justice Film Festival – May 2019

We prefer ideas and solutions that we don’t have to work at, particularly those that chime with our existing ideologies and beliefs


PERU’s review of technology in probation supervision published by HM Inspectorate of Probation.

PERU has completed a review of technology in probation supervision that is published today by HM Inspectorate of Probation.


PERU PhD student Gail Mann wins postgraduate prize

PERU PhD student Gail Mann won second prize for best presentation at MMU's Postgaduate Research conference this week


Kirstine Szifris leads seminar on Philosophy Education in Prisons at Prison Research Centre, Cambridge

PERU’s Kirstine Szifris has been invited back to the Prison Research Centre, Cambridge University to lead a seminar today on Philosophy Education in Prisons.


Professor Sue Baines inaugural lecture

Professor Sue Baines will deliver her inaugural lecture ('Reinventing the past – investing in the future') on Monday 25th March at 6pm.


Ashwin Kumar appointed as new Professor of Social Policy

Ashwin Kumar, currently Chief Economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), is joining Manchester Met in May 2019 as its new Professor of Social Policy.


Chris Fox undertaking Chancellor’s Fellowship with Think Local, Act Personal (TLAP)

In 2017, TLAP published a report Gathering the Evidence: Making Personal Budgets Work for All, setting out a direction for improving understanding on the impact of personalisation.


PERU staff part of new project on Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe

PERU is working with a consortium of 15 partners across Europe on a three-year innovation project, MiCREATE (Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe).


The British Journal of Community Justice website is now live

The British Journal of Community Justice website is going live to our readers today. It’s a special issue on women offenders.


PERU staff visit Taylor’s University, Malaysia

Kim Heyes and Kirstine Szifris have been awarded an ERASMUS+ grant to visit Taylor’s University, Malaysia this week.


PERU’s Dr. Peter Traynor addresses Vietnamese National Police Academy

During a private visit to Vietnam over the Christmas period PERU's Dr Peter Traynor was invited to address the Vietnamese National Police Academy in Hanoi.


Developing a voluntary sector model for engaging people with convictions

PERU’s Kevin Wong is proposing a distinctive model for the voluntary sector to engage with people with convictions built on: reciprocity, reliability, consistency and emotional pleasure.


EuroCohort article in Research Matters now open access

Professor Gary Pollock's article on EuroCohort: Europe's first birth cohort survey is now available to download for free.


US podcast features PERU staff’s book on Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds

The most recent edition of the Bedrosian Center podcast features a recently published book on Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds


PERU’s Kirstine Szifris appointed trustee of Irise International

PERU’s Kirstine Szifris has recently been appointed trustee of Irise International, a charity that focusses on period poverty and menstruation issues.


EuroCohort included in initial analysis of UK infrastructures

EuroCohort, a project led by PERU, has been mentioned in the initial analysis of infrastructures as part of the process to develop the next UK Research Infrastructure Roadmap.


New article by PERU’s Kirstine Szifris – When Boredom Becomes Stagnation: The Importance of Occupying the Mind

PERU’s Kirstine Szifris has had an article on boredom published by a leading philosophy magazine, How the Light Gets In.


Benefit changes drive increase in homelessness from rented housing

New resarch by the Policy Evauation and Research Unit, commissioned by the Residentail Landlords Association, is released today.


PERU team member at the American Evaluation Association Conference

The American Evaluation Association Conference started yesterday in Cleveland, Ohio.


Manchester event, 16th Oct: Academy for Social Justice Evening Seminar

Fulfilling the legacy of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry report – twenty years on


Manchester event, 6th Nov: Academy for Social Justice Evening Seminar

Complex commissioning for complex needs using partnerships, individuals assets and lived experience to build fulfilling lives.


Supporting women offenders in Greater Manchester

PERU’s Rachel Kinsella and Kevin Wong along with other MMU colleagues have now completed their three-year evaluation of the Whole System Approach to Women Offenders in Greater Manchester.


The government’s rough sleeping strategy has some major flaws argues Chris O’Leary

In a new article in Inside Housing PERU's Dr. Chris O'Leary explains that the rough sleeping population is not homogenous, nor is it static.


PERU’s Kirstine Szifris invited as keynote speaker at the Tutor’s Association Conference 2018

PERU’s Kirstine Szifris has been invited to give the closing keynote to the Tutor’s Association conference at the Barbican centre in London on October 16th 2018.


MMU hosts Prison Learning Alliance Conference 2018

MMU is proud to be hosting the Prison Learning Alliance (PLA) Conference 2018.


Chris Fox new National Liason Official for European Centre for Social Welfare & Policy Research

PERU's Chris Fox has become the National Liaison Official for the European Centre for Social Welfare and Policy Research.


PERU team members submit evidence to the Defence Committee inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism

A submission authored by PERU's Gavin Bailey, Phil Edwards and Kevin Wong has been published by the Defence Committee inquiry into Global Islamist Terrorism.


PERU Associate, Phil Edwards publishes article on counter-terrorist legislation

PERU Associate Dr. Phil Edwards has published a paper arguing that contemporary British counter-terrorist legislation is dominated by ‘counter-law


Hate Crime Film Launch

Earlier this year PERU’s Kevin Wong and Gavin Bailey contributed to the recording of a film aimed at raising awareness of Hate Crime amongst children and young people.


Knife crime: I spoke to young people who carry blades – and they want to stop the violence

PERU's Peter Traynor has had a piece on knife crime published in The Conversation.


PERU researchers in Tanzania

Dr Jessica Hind-Ozan and Kim Heyes are currently in Tanzania to facilitate the coming together of a consortium of academics and policy makers.


Prison Learning Alliance Conference coming to Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2018

PERU is delighted to announce that the Prison Learning Alliance conference is coming to Manchester Metropolitan University in the Autumn.


PERU’s Rachel Kinsella speaks on evaluation at Clinks Networking Forum

PERU’s Rachel Kinsella spoke at the Clinks Networking Forum:


Events and seminars to mark launch of new book on Social Impact Bonds and Payment by Results

To mark the launch of their book on Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds: Outcome-based Payment Systems in the UK and US the authors are taking part in a number of events and seminars in the UK and Europe.


Women of the World (WOW) Festival

PERU Research Associate Kim Heyes will be talking about how to support victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse at the Women of the World (WOW) Festival in Chester


Philosophy in prisons

Dr Kirstine Szifris of PERU today presented the findings from her PhD work at the British Sociological Association conference at Northumbria University.


Young adult courts

A new report published yesterday is advocating a distinct approach to the way that young adults are treated at court.


Millennials’ home ownership hopes dashed by a broken housing market

PERU’s Dr Chris O' Leary, an expert on housing, writes about home ownership.


PERU researchers lead survey design for Europe-wide study of young people’s well-being

Manchester Metropolitan University researchers are leading the design of a survey for the first Europe-wide project to track the well-being of children as they grow up.


Launch of new website on What Works in Reducing Reoffending

PERU, partnership with Interserve today launched a new Reducing Reoffending website.


Between Care and the Criminal Justice System: Setting the agenda for the next decade

PERU’s Kevin Wong presented findings from the Transition to Adulthood Pathway Programme Evaluation at “Between Care and the Criminal Justice System


Hate globalisation? Try localism, not nationalism: Kevin Albertson in The Conversation

In an article in the The Conversation Kevin Albertson looks at reactions to globalisation and argues that while nationalism is often the response to globalisation, localism would be far better for us all.


PERU to lead major new European project on child and young people’s wellbeing

The European Cohort Development Project (ECDP) is a Design Study which will create the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide, over the next 25 years, comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being. The project addresses an important gap in evidence to support better policy-making.


Evaluation of the T2A Pathway initiative published today

The final process evaluation of the T2A Pathway initiative is published today.


Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe (InnOSI) Final Conference

Today some of the PERU team are in Brussels leading the closing conference for the InnOSI project. A short video describing the project and its main aims is available to watch.


PERU part of major new European project on public sector reform

PERU will be working with a consortium of 24 partners across Europe on a three-year innovation project Co-creation of Service Innovations in Europe (CoSIE).


Manchester Metropolitan University appointed to evaluate the impact of the Koestler Arts Awards

Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to be appointed by the Koestler Trust to evaluate the impact of the Koestler Arts Awards.


Professor Sue Baines joins PERU

Professor Sue Baines joins PERU


Reviewing the evidence base for Payment by Results and Social Impact Bonds in the UK

Chris Fox presented a paper based on a structured review of emprical evaluations of 32 Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and 35 Payment by Results (PbR) programmes implemented in the UK since 2010 at a conference on Progressing the debate on Social Impact Bonds:


Chris Fox to speak at Reform/Metropolis event on innovation in public services

PERU's Chris Fox will speak at a  panel event organised by Reform and Metropolis at the Conservative Party conference on the theme ‘Delivering public services that citizens deserve: the role of innovation’


PERU’s Kevin Wong publishes articles in The Encyclopaedia of Corrections

Kevin Wong (Associate Director of PERU) has published two articles, on Community Justice and Community Service in the newly published The Encyclopedia of Corrections, edited by Kent R. Kerley (Editor in Chief), published by Wiley


PERU are recruiting 2 Research Associates focused on data management and analysis

The post holder will be based in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) and will work full time on research and evaluation projects that cover criminal justice and wider social policy including welfare, education and housing.


Innovative Social Investment: Reforming public services – Presentations available

Presentations from this well recieved  Innovative Social Investment: Reforming public services 2 day event are available here


PERU’s Stephen Morris co-author of evaluation report on early education and development

Professor Stephen Morris is a co-author of an evaluation report from The Study of Early Education and Development (SEED).


Gavin Bailey on al-Muhajiroun in the Conversation

The Conversation today published a piece by PERU's Gavin Bailey, looking at the history of al-Muhajiroun.


Chris Fox to speak at Scottish Prison Service College on economics of penal policy

PERU's Professor Chris Fox is an invited speaker at a Knowledge Exchange event organised by the Scottish Prison Service taking place at the Scottish Prison Service College on the 14th July.


Free places available on our seminar on ‘Innovative Social Investment: Reforming public services’

We have a small number of free places to attend our seminar on public service reform on the afternoon of 22nd June and the morning of the 23rd June 2017. The seminar examines two aspects of public service reform: first, innovative approaches to financing and resourcing public services; and secondly, the concept of personalisation and its role in public service reform. The seminar includes speakers from the UK and Europe.

For more details about the seminar and a link to register for a free place click here.


Manchester as Cosmopolis: Global Migration in a Changing UK

Kevin Albertson spoke at this one-day event on the theme “Globalisation, Nationalism and Devolution”.


Sir Martin Narey joins PERU as Visiting Professor

Manchester Metropolitan University is delighted to welcome Sir Martin Narey as a Visiting Professor at its Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU).


PERU staff write piece for The Conversation on left wing bias in academia

The piece is a response to a recent report by the Adam Smith Institute that highlights a perceived left-wing bias in academia.


PERU staff co-facilitating workshop at 2nd National Summit on Tackling Multiple Disadvantage

Kevin Wong and Rachel Kinsella from PERU will be co-facilitating a workshop at the 2nd National Summit on Tackling Multiple Disadvantage on the 9th May 2017.


Getting Started in R: an introduction to data analysis and visualisation

Dr Henry Partridge (PERU, MMU) is co-teaching a week long summer school course on R at the University of Manchester with Dr Reka Solymosi (UoM) in June.


PERU research associate, Kirstine Szifris, invited to speak at the PET annual symposium

PERU research associate, Kirstine Szifris, has been invited to speak at the Prison Education Trust's annual symposium.


PERU contributing to debate on Justice Devolution

Staff from PERU are contributing to a number of events on Justice Devolution, working with Metropolis - Manchester Metropolitan's research-led think tank.


Kevin Wong joins PERU from the Hallam Centre for Criminal Justice

Kevin Wong who was previously Acting Director at the Hallam Centre for Criminal Justice at Sheffield Hallam University is joining PERU during January 2017.


Chris Fox speaking at National Offender Management Service Research Practice Forum

PERU's Chris Fox will speak at the National Offender Management Service Research Practice Forum on 'Approaches to Deliving Robust Research in Challenging Environments'.


UK Evaluation Society

Professor Stephen Morris has been elected to the Council of the UK Evaluation Society.


New PhD scholarships available – Dec 2016

What works when sample sizes are small? Understanding policy-makers’ evaluation needs in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors


Developing the socio-political and cultural languages of devolution

Kevin Albertson recently organised and spoke at the ESRC funded event “The Rime of the Ancient Manchester: Developing the socio-political and cultural languages of devolution”.


Yule be pleased you took time to listen

Kevin Albertson recently discussed the value (or otherwise) of giving presents on ABC’s radio programme/podcast The Money.


PERU helps organise national event on ‘Justice devolution: what next?’

PERU is working with Manchester Met's Metropolis (an academic-led think tank) and iNetwork to organise a national event on Justice Devolution.


New PhD scholarship available – co-production and the Manchester Homelessness Charter

A funded PhD scholarship is now available to evaluate co-production and the Manchester Homelessness Charter.


PERU-Novus discuss RCTs in prison education

Prof. Stephen Morris and Kirstine Szifris are leading a workshop day with staff from Novus' Engima team. 


Kevin Albertson speaks at the Pro-Manchester Economics Conference

On the 21st of October, Prof. Albertson spoke at the 2016 Pro-Manchester Economics Conference,


Chris Fox presents at expert meeting of the Dutch Probation Organisations

On September 20th 2016 Professor Chris Fox is presenting to a group from the Dutch Ministry of Safety & Justice and the board, management and policy-advisors of the Dutch Probation Organisations.


My time as a British Science Association Media Fellow with Channel 4 News

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks working with Tom Clarke, Science Editor for Channel 4 News.


Gavin Bailey to speak at ESPAnet-Poland on social innovation

PERU's Gavin Bailey will be speaking in Warsaw on 23rd September, as part of the ESPAnet-Poland conference on social investment and development.


Chris Fox becomes Trustee of Coaching Inside and Out

PERU's Director, Professor Chris Fox, has become a Trustee and non-executive Director of the Coaching Inside and Out (CIAO).


Professor Stephen Morris to join the Early Intervention Foundation’s Steering Group

The Early Intervention Foundation are launching a programme of work to examine the inter-parental relationship and the consequences of these for family life and child wellbeing.


Kevin Albertson made Professor of Economics

Kevin Albertson, one of the founder members of PERU and currently leading a strand of work on our Innovative Social Investment (INNOSI) project has been made Professor of Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Hotspots policing backfires when offenders know

A new paper co-authored by PERU's Henry Partidge and published in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology


PERU leads Child and Youth Wellbeing Policy Forum at European Commission

Members of PERU lead the FP7 Child and Youth Wellbeing (MYWEB) Policy Forum at the European Commission attended by representatives of a number of DGs


Department for Education appoints Stephen Morris as an Analytical Associate

Professor Stephen Morris has been appointed to the Department for Education's Analytical Associate pool.


Is a capitalist democracy possible?

Dr Kevin Albertson asks “Is a capitalist democracy possible?


The UK’s EU Referendum: Understanding the Key Facts & Debate

Dr Kevin Albertson spoke at The UK's EU Referendum:


PERU’s Stephen Morris appointed to the Government’s Trials Advisory Panel

Professor Stephen Morris has been appointed 'external expert' on the Cross-Government Trial Advice Panel.


Award of British Science Association Media Fellowship 2016

I am delighted to have been selected as a British Science Assocation Media Fellow for this year! I will be placed with Channel 4, working with the Science Editor, Tom Clarke.


Banned radical Muslim group know little about world affairs, research says

A unique inside look at the banned radical Islam group Islam4UK found that its members had little interest in world affairs or the politics of the Middle East and Pakistan.


Chris Fox to speak at the USC conference on ‘Activating Markets for Social Change’

Chris will present a framing paper on the potential for Pay for Success (Payment by Results) to effect large scale social change at the University of Southern California's conference on 'Activating Markets for Social Change'.


Gavin Bailey to present research on British Jihadis

PERU's Gavin Bailey will be presenting a paper titled ‘Beyond grievance and integration


MMU’s new Crime and Wellbeing Data Centre is recruiting Research Fellows

MMU is launching a Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre. Several of the PERU team are involved and the Centre will be closely aligned with PERU. 


Stephen Morris takes up Chair in the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit

Stephen Morris will be joining the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University as a new Professor of Evaluation on the 1st February 2016.


The Manchester College / Novus

A new partnership will lead the way in offender learning, skills and employability.


Chris Fox confirmed to run workshop on personalisation and justice reinvestment at Clinks conference

PERU's Director, Chris Fox, will run a workshop at the Clinks annual conference.


Working to improve offender learning and employment

A NEW partnership will lead the way in offender learning, skills and employability.


The next five years of criminal justice for England and Wales

Professor Chris Fox's Seminar 'The next five years of criminal justice for England and Wales' at the Academy for Justice Commissioning.


Horizon2020 project on Innovative Social Investment launched today

Today the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit embarks on a major research and innovation project looking at how innovative social investment policies can strengthen communities in Europe.


Free Evaluation Webinars

Professor Chris Fox and the Public Service Transformation Network are running a series of six free webinars on Evaluation, which we believe will be of benefit to Academy members.


London Probation Trust Peer Mentoring Evaluation

The Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) have published the London Probation Trust (LPT) Peer Mentoring Evaluation.


Too many young adults go from ‘in care’ directly to jail

An article in "The Independent" highlights research to be published by Patrick Williams


Kevin Albertson writes in “The Observer”

Thomas Piketty (New Review) and Will Hutton ("Capitalism simply isn't working and here are the reasons why", Comment) argue capitalism isn't working. It has long been known, as Winston Churchill put it in 1945: "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings."


Dr. Robert Grimm will be speaking about the economic policies of the German Euro-skeptic party

Dr. Robert Grimm will be speaking about the economic policies of the German Euro-skeptic party ‘Alternative für Deutschland’ on the 4th February 2014


Peter Joyce guest editor of January edition of Safer Communities

PERU Associate Dr. Peter Joyce is guest editor of  the January edition of Safer Communities ‘Police Crime Commissioners: Twelve Months On’


Local Authority Crime Profiles: January 2014

As part of our Data Visualisation and Crime and Criminal Justice Futures projects we have revised the four page Crime Profiles for each Local Authority/Community Safety Partnership.


Kevin Albertson writes in the Metro

Kevin has had a number of letters published in the Metro Newspaper over the last twelve months;


MYPLACE Blog on project’s primary data collection phase

Martin Price, MYPLACE Project Manager writes about approaching the end of the project’s primary data collection phase.


Justice Reinvestment: Can the Criminal Justice System Deliver More for Less?

Justice Reinvestment: Can the Criminal Justice System Deliver More for Less? by Chris Fox, Kevin Albertson and Kevin Wong has been published.


Spring Bulletin of the Academy of Justice Commissioning

Chris Fox has edited the Spring Bulletin of the Academy of Justice Commissioning


Vision Housing Evaluation in Guardian Newspaper

A recent study by the Department of Sociology & Criminology’s Policy and Evaluation Research Unit (PERU)


Kevin Albertson letter in The Economist

PERU's Economist Kevin Alberston's letter 'For richer, for poorer' is published in The Economist