Recent Projects


Mapping restorative justice provision in England and Wales

The Restorative Justice Council (RJC) commissioned ICPR to map restorative justice provision in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The aim of this research was to provide an overview of the number, type and scope of RJ services across the country.

View publication: Report of a mapping exercise of restorative justice provision


Exploratory study of joint enterprise

With funding from the Nuffield Foundation, ICPR undertook an exploratory study of joint enterprise. Joint enterprise is a doctrine in common law which allows two or more individuals to be charged with the same criminal offence even when each has played a very different role in relation to the offence.

View publication: Joint Enterprise: Righting a wrong turn?


Review of advocacy in youth proceedings

ICPR was commissioned by the Bar Standards Board, in association with Ilex Professional Standards, to conduct a research review of the components of effective advocacy in youth proceedings. The research explored what knowledge, skills and attributes are required by advocates in youth proceedings to work effectively with defendants and witnesses and to assess the extent to which advocates possess these knowledge, skills and attributes.

View publication: The Youth Proceedings Advocacy Review


Delivering pre-sentence restorative justice

ICPR conducted an evaluation of a Restorative Solutions and Victim Support led programme that involved carrying out pre-sentence restorative justice across England and Wales. The programme was designed to deliver restorative justice in ten sites, focussing on pre-sentence conferences that were targeted at offenders convicted of acquisitive and violent crimes who were due to be sentenced in the Crown Court.

View publication: Evaluation of the Pre-Sentence RJ Pathfinder


Policing organised crime groups

ICPR secured funding from the Dawes Trust to mount a multi-dimensional, two-year study of organised crime groups (OCGs) in the UK involved in fraud. The project had two phases: an in-depth analysis of data held across law enforcement agencies; and use of case studies and in-depth interviews to look at routes into organised crime, working practices, diversification, and the impact of technological advancements.

FIDUCIA: New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy

This project, funded under the European Commission's Framework Programme 7, will developed policy responses to emerging forms of crime across Europe. The project was coordinated by the University of Parma, and had 13 partners across Europe.

Information on this project is available here.


Evaluation of the Department for Work and Pensions 'Day One' access to the Work Programme

ICPR worked with the Work Programme Evaluation Consortium on an evaluation funded by the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The research evaluated 'Day One' access to the Work Programme and the Employment and Reoffending pilot.

View publication: Evaluation of day one mandation of prison leavers to the Work Programme


Experiences of the Crown Court- ESRC study

This Economic and Social Research Council-funded study explored defendants', witnesses' and victims' experiences of the Crown Court. The research entailed extensive interviews and observations at two courts.

Publications based on the research findings included the book, Inside Crown Court, published by Policy Press and the briefing Structured Mayhem, published by the Criminal Justice Alliance.


Is volunteering for everyone?

ICPR was awarded funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Barrow Cadbury Trust for a study which assessed the scope for, and potential benefits of, volunteering by young ex-offenders. The project was undertaken by ICPR in partnership with the Institute for Volunteering Research.

Defining and measuring intermediate outcomes to reducing reoffending

ICPR collaborated with New Philanthropy Capital and a number of voluntary sector providers, including Action for Prisoners' Families, Safe Ground and Ormiston Children and Families Trust (OCFT), to identify better ways of defining and measuring the effects of interventions focusing on offenders' family and peer relationships.

View publication: Intermediate outcomes of family and intimate relationship interventions: a rapid evidence assessment

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