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Safety, crime and justice : from data to policy

ABS House, Canberra
06 June 2005 - 07 June 2005

This conference was organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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This conference follows on from Evaluation in crime and justice: trends and methods which was held in March 2003. It will provide a venue for participants to network with other practitioners, researchers and policymakers in the criminal justice area. The conference will also give attendees an opportunity to discuss research and evaluation methodologies, problems and issues as well as the opportunity to further explore both the complexities and the specific issues related to evidence-based policy.

Conference papers

Developing information for decision making : challenges and opportunities

Jurisdictional data comparisons

Data limitations

From data to policy in policing

  • Research partnerships with operational law enforcement agencies
    (no paper available)
    Jenny Fleming, Australian National University
  • Recidivism in South Australia : a study by the South Australia Police of repeat offending and repeat victimisation using police data
    (no paper available)
    Chris Zanker, South Australia Police

Assessing data for research

  • Monitoring crime in Australia : the do's and don'ts of setting up a monitoring program
    (no paper available)
    Jenny Mouzos, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Recidivism : researching reoffending
    (no paper available)
    Jason Payne, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Shifting sands : conducting field research with ex-prisoners (PDF 140kB)
    Matthew Willis, Australian Institute of Criminology

Tracking offending through the criminal justice system : complexities, policy issues and solutions

  • Tracking sexual offences against children through the criminal justice system : a case study
    (no paper available)
    Anna Ferrante, University of Western Australia
  • Methodologies and issues: what we can and can't do
    (no paper available)
    Carol Castle, Office of Crime Statistics and Research, South Australia
  • Policy and strategic implications of tracking
    (no paper available)
    Joy Wundersitz, Office of Crime Statistics and Research, South Australia

Indigenous data and policy issues

Improving the evidence base

Program evaluation

  • Common mistakes in correctional program evaluation
    (no paper available)
    Richard Parker, ACT Corrective Services
  • Using research to inform policing policy : resignations in Australasian police organisations
    (no paper available)
    Jessica Lynch, Australasian Centre for Policing Research

Implications for policy of new technologies

Developing processes for policy

  • Private data - public access : gaining access to government administrative data for research
    (no paper available)
    Anna Stewart, Griffith University
  • Matching of court appearance data to create a defendant identifier
    (no paper available)
    Michael Lazzarini, Queensland Treasury
  • Grouped offending trajectories of juvenile offenders in Queensland
    (no paper available)
    Michael Livingston, Griffith University
  • Offending trajectories : the impact of police cautioning
    (no paper available)
    Anna Stewart, Griffith University

Informing policy on juvenile re-entry

  • Predicting recidivism among juvenile sex offenders : a metaanalytic approach (no paper available)
    Sacha Rombouts, Griffith University
  • Policy aspects of the juvenile justice national minimum data set development (no paper available)
    Ingrid Johnston, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Motor vehicle theft : linking research to policy

Research design and data quality

From data to policy in courts

  • Restorative justice approaches in the context of environmental prosecution (PDF 140kB)
    John Verry, Rodney District Council, New Zealand; Felicity Heffernan, Department of Conservation, New Zealand; and Richard Fisher, International Pacific College
  • Working outside the norm : some limits on the use of qualitative analysis in Australian Drug Courts
    (no paper available)
    Melissa Bull, Griffith University