Community justice: research and analysis

Research reports, links to statistics and guidance to help support the work of Community Justice partners.

You may also find it useful to draw on the findings from Scottish research so we have listed a few reports below that you may find particularly relevant. It is also worth looking through the websites for local research evidence that can be used to inform planning and service development.  More research publications can be found on our the SG website (add link to research  pages)  Other useful sources for research conducted in Scotland can be found here, .

Community Sentences

Scottish and International Review on the Uses of Electronic Monitoring

Evaluation of Community Payback Orders, Criminal Justice Social Work Reports and the Presumption Against Short Sentences

Mental Health

Mapping of Active Criminal Justice Diversion Schemes for Those with Mental Health Problems in Scotland


Evaluation of Sixteen Women’s Community Justice Services

Chaotic Lives: A Profile of Women in the Criminal Justice System in Lothian and Borders

Throughcare and resettlement

The Elements of Effective Through-Care Part 2: Scottish Review

Evaluation of the Community Reintegration Pilot

Mentoring people with experience of the criminal justice system

Evaluation of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund

Substance Misuse

Interventions for drug users in the Criminal Justice System

ISD Scotland


Housing and Reoffending: Supporting people who serve short-term sentences to secure and sustain stable accommodation on liberation


Scottish Government social research into Crime and Justice is carried out by researchers based in the Justice Analytical Services Division.  Contact details for the Division are as follows:



0131 244 5428

Justice Analytical Services Division
Scottish Government
1F South
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh EH6 1QQ

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