We have led the way in creating our own in-house research unit. Our researchers work with support from our business intelligence unit to find out what is effective in reducing reoffending. To keep pace, evidence-based analysis is vital to understand the needs of our service users and the changing nature of crime.
Our research covers:
Evaluating organisational processes to help shape management structures, staff development, risk management and court enforcement.
Working with people on probation
Designing, trialling and evaluating approaches to working with people on probation, along with their families, other agencies and communities.
Service user engagement
Looking at service user engagement approaches from elsewhere in the UK and around the world.
Evaluating the effectiveness of programmes and interventions and how they help reduce reoffending.
Supervision and management practices
Raising awareness of best practice in the supervision and management of service users.
Our commitment to produce ethical and responsible research is set out in our strategy and code of ethics:
We are also committed to sharing our research findings, reports and insights with people we support; practitioners and partners across the criminal justice sector, including universities, charities and professional organisations.
We share our work through academic and trade journals such as Probation Quarterly and the Probation Journal.
We are interested in working with the wider research, academic and justice community.
To talk to a member of our research team or to arrange a visit to our research unit, please email: