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Crime and Justice Research

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This section provides further information on the Scottish Government's research into crime and justice (including civil justice and drugs).

Research on this topic is carried out by researchers based in two teams in the Justice Analytical Services Division. Current themes of research include: informing the Making Justice Work and Reducing Reoffending change programmes; police and fire reform; supporting the Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland; and enhancing the evidence-base on drug misuse and treatment

Below is a link to the Analytical Plan for 2019-20:

Justice Analytical Services Division Analytical Programme 2019-20




Research publications on crime and justice.




Useful websites.




How to get in touch.

 Evaluation guidance

 Community Justice Analytical Publications

- Evaluation guidance


Community Justice Resources:

Research and Analysis

Community Justice Resources:

Research and Analysis