We design and deliver independent and commissioned research through our in-house team, and working in partnership with academics and other specialists.
Robust research that uncovers and gives voice to the reality of people’s lives grounds all of Revolving Doors’ work. We cannot propose and design policy and practice solutions without a deep understanding of the evidence base. Research enables us to advocate for change with integrity and credibility.
Our research is always user-centered. We support our research and evaluation clients to deliver effective and impactful services through conducting high quality research, taking a peer research approach where appropriate, and producing bold but workable evidence-based recommendations.
Research contributes to our ambition of a smarter criminal justice system, wherein the revolving door of crisis and crime is both avoidable and escapable
as well as our wider mission of changing the lives of people in, or entering the revolving door. We are:
- Using research to inform national and local policy and service delivery. Through user research we have supported HM Courts and Tribunals Service to ensure that the Transforming Justice reform programme recognises and responds to the needs of courts users with multiple vulnerabilities. As part of our New Generation project, we are working with police forces and using their data to better understand the patterns driving young adults into the criminal justice system.
- Improving the experiences and lives of people in the revolving door though our service evaluations. This includes research and evaluations to uncover the impact of lived experience involvement in service design and delivery, including for NHS England Health & Justice and St Giles.
- Unpicking the knot of poverty, trauma and multiple disadvantage. We are bringing together academics, practitioners and people with lived experience to investigate how poverty, trauma and disadvantage interact and bring so much damage and chaos into people’s lives – and what needs to change if we are to unpick this knotted mess.
We seek to shift the power in knowledge production. This means that wherever possible we coproduce research with peer researchers with lived experience of the issues we are investigating. By disrupting “traditional” power dynamics in this way, and through peers different insights and perspectives, we can produce research that truly speaks to people’s lived experiences.
The research and evaluation team are involved in a wide variety of projects and are crucial in capturing what is happening across the criminal justice system and understanding how meaningful system change occurs.