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Periodic Report - EURO-JUSTIS (Scientific indicators of confidence in justice: tools for policy assessment)

Project ID: 217311
Funded under: FP7-SSH


Member States are making growing use of social indicators to improve policy and its assessment, but limited progress has been made on this in criminal justice. While commonsense indicators based on readily available statistics, such as crime trends, have been used extensively - less attention has been paid to crucial but hard-to-measure indicators about public trust in justice. Without such indicators, there is a risk that crime policies may become over-focused on short-term objectives of crime control, at the expense of equally important longer-term objectives relating to justice and social cohesion .

The project EURO-JUSTIS is developing and piloting survey-based indicators of public trust in justice. It is also assembling contextual country-level data for interpreting the indicators, such as socioeconomic data and information about each country's criminal justice system. It will develop tools for presenting and interpreting the indicators in ways that are intuitive and accessible.

The project aims to not only develop scientifically credible indicators but also to build some consensus across Member States about the importance of assessing crime policy against criteria of public confidence, making effective dissemination a priority. Their half period report gives an indication of where the project is heading and actions undertaken in the first 18 months. Photos are included.

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