Analytical Services Group: About us

Analytical Services Group (ASG) is a statistical and research grouping within the DoJ which incorporates the former Statistics and Research Branch, together with the statistics and research personnel of the Youth Justice Agency, Legal Services Agency and the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service.

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.

Key aims

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.

Specific Objectives

  • 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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