It was established on 2 September 2013 following a strategic review of the statistical and research needs of the Department of Justice and its Agencies. ASG currently has a complement of 13 statisticians, all of whom are on loan from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
To provide a robust research and statistical evidence base to inform the development, implementation and review of DOJ policy, in particular, in support of:
- the Programme for Government
- equity monitoring within the criminal justice system
To provide objective information on the operation of the Northern Ireland justice system to the Assembly, policy makers, practitioners and the general public.
- The provision of research and statistical analyses that monitor the operation of the justice system
- The provision of research and statistical analyses of the effectiveness of processes and programmes within the justice system
- The provision of research-based analyses and information on the effectiveness of the component elements of the justice system including departmental initiatives and projects
- The provision of analyses of issues relating to equity of treatment and public confidence in the justice system
- Encouraging and supporting academic and independent criminological research in the university, voluntary and private sectors; and
- Publishing relevant research and statistical bulletins as required.
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