Behavioural science methods and insights: to better understand the needs and motivations of those within the justice system, their interactions with public services, and their responses to interventions.


We want to build our internal capability to apply cutting-edge analytical and research methodologies. We are keen to engage with researchers across a range of disciplines, to explore how innovative methods could be applied to justice research.

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