Community justice: research and analysis

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

The ‘What works’ and desistance evidence base

Intervention and service design and delivery should be informed by the findings of strong and consistent international research evidence so we have posted links to the most comprehensive evidence reviews on reducing reoffending and effective practice below.

Recent 'What Works' Evidence Reviews:


Best practice:

Young people:


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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