Introduction

We work across the criminal justice system including with prisons, probation and the police on issues ranging from what works to reduce re-offending to the police management of sex offenders. We have experience of undertaking Randomised Control Trials and Cost-Benefit Analysis as well as a range of qualitative research and evaluation projects.

Our team also works closely with leaders across the criminal justice system to develop innovative approaches and to turn new ideas into practical interventions.

Currently areas of our work in crime and criminal justice include:

  • Reducing re-offending. We regularly undertake evaluations of prison and community-based reducing re-offending programmes. We also use our knowledge of the evidence and theory on what works in reducing re-offending to work with a range of organisations to develop new reducing re-offending projects.
  • Evidence reviews. We undertake evidence reviews to understand what works in preventing crime and reducing re-offending and maintain the Reducing Re-offending website.
  • Criminal justice commissioning. We can support criminal justice commissioners from developing new ideas through to the evaluation of commissioned services. We host Academy for Social Justice Commissioning events in Manchester that explore the latest thinking in commissioning.
  • Working vulnerable and hard to reach groups. We have undertaken research and evaluation projects involving vulnerable groups such as survivors of domestic violence, gang members and people who have been radicalised.

Latest Criminal Justice Projects

A Rapid Evidence Assessment to assess the outcomes of community and custody delivered vocational training and employment programmes on reoffending

PERU were partially funded by the Ministry of Justice to undertake a Rapid Evidence Assessment (REA) to assess the outcomes of community and custody delivered vocational training and employment programmes on reoffending.

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Chance to change pilots qualitative study

In partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, PERU researchers are undertaking a qualitative study on the views and experiences of participants in the Chance to Change pilots.

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Youth Endowment Fund Evaluations

We are evaluating projects funded by the Youth Endowment Fund aimed at preventing young people from being involved in crime and violence.

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