How to access and use Ministry of Justice datasets for academic research


Data First is a ground-breaking data linkage programme led by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and funded by ADR UK to link and enable access to administrative data from across the justice system and beyond for research. This programme enables innovative new research across the intersections of justice, health, education and more.

This showcase, in collaboration between the MoJ and the UCL Centre for Education and Criminal Justice (ECJ), supported by UCL Public Policy and UCL Grand Challenge of Justice and Equality invites MoJ analysts who will provide an overview of the datasets the department makes available to researchers as part of its Data First programme. The programme includes linked data from Magistrates’ courts, Crown Court, Prison and Probation services, and Civil Courts and Family Courts, as well as its linked Family Courts-Census-Cafcass and MoJ-DFE datasets.

MoJ analysts will showcase what kinds of research the data is and can be used for, how it can be accessed, and run some practical demonstrations. Additionally, UCL researchers with previous experiences of working with these datasets will provide valuable insights into how using this data can support your research. Research and professional staff and students of all career stages are welcome to attend and engage.

Reserve a spot

ADR UK Research Fellowships 2024

For those interested in applying for an ADR UK Research Fellowship using ADR England flagship datasets, this session will be a fantastic opportunity to seek guidance and advice. MoJ staff will be available to answer questions and provide advice about this fellowship opportunity throughout the event.

Applications are open for the Fellowship until 28 March 2024 see further information.

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