Putting practitioners and evidence at the heart of justice reform
We seek to build a justice system which all of its citizens believe is fair and effective. A fair and effective justice system will:
- Be problem-solving, seeking to resolve the factors that underlie crime and social harm;
- Be procedurally fair, ensuring that those who go through it understand what’s happening to them and that they feel treated with humanity;
- Seek to do no harm, concentrating on the right intervention at the right time with the right people and no more;
- Encourage innovation from the ground up, recognising that sustainable innovation is best developed in response to local context and capacity.
To deliver our vision, we champion practice innovation and evidence-led policy reform in the UK’s justice systems. We:
- Identify, design, support and spread innovative practice to solve problems and test new ideas.
- Promote evidence and innovative practice in justice policy reform, helping policymakers remove the barriers to innovation experienced by practitioners.
- Share ideas and practice across jurisdictions, especially through our unique partnership with the Center for Court Innovation.
Our work is primarily focused within one or more of our areas of focus.
Our work is underpinned by three core values:
- Innovation designed by practitioners and users: Effective practice innovation and policy is designed with the active participation of all those who deliver or are affected by it, including frontline staff, service users and victims.
- Innovation informed by evidence: All new practice innovation and policy need to be based on the evidence. Where direct evidence is lacking, credible proposals should be underpinned by evidence-informed theories of change.
- Innovation that is learnt and shared: Effective practice innovation and policy relies on regular reflection on progress and an openness to learning and sharing what is working and what isn’t.
The Centre is an initiative of the Center for Court Innovation, a not-for-profit in New York that has been at the vanguard of justice reform in the USA since 1995.
The Centre is registered as a charity in England and Wales. Our charity number is 1151939.
Our most recent set of audited accounts can be accessed here.