Justice Sector Datalab

Research and evaluation collection

266 Results

Alternative Dispute Resolution: General Civil Cases

Year: 2004

Agency: Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment (CRESA)

Author: Kay Saville-Smith and Ruth Fraser

A research programme was established to explore Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the course of the case management process for the District Court and High Court jurisdictions. This report is an attempt to integrate the separate reports on the findings of each of the research projects focusing on the experiences of each of the stakeholder groups.

Evaluation of the Target Hardening Pilot Programme

Year: 2004

Agency: Institute of Public Policy Auckland University of Technology and Ministry of Justice

Author: Cathy Casey, Bhavani PaulRaj, Susie Jacka and Tanya Segessenmann

In April 2001, a pilot of the Target Hardening Programme began operating in seven Auckland Victim Support areas. The objectives of the Programme were to prevent repeat burglary victimisation of lower socio-economic households and increase victims' sense of security by "hardening" or increasing the security of households that are burglary targets.

Youth Justice Minimum Dataset: Data Integration Pilot

Year: 2004

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Philip Spier and Tanya Segessenmann

A feasibility pilot was undertaken to document the range and quality of youth justice information collected electronically by New Zealand Police and the Department of Child, Youth and Family (the two core agencies in relation to youth justice). Also assessed was the degree to which the data between the agencies could be integrated for individuals who had a police-referred youth justice Family Group Conference.

Status Hearings Evaluation: A New Zealand Study of Pre-Trial Hearings in Criminal Cases

Year: 2004

Agency: Ministry of Justice and Law Commission

Author: Wendy Searle, Tania Slater, Trish Knaggs, Janet November, Christopher Clark

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of status hearings which were piloted in the Auckland District Court in October 1995 and are now operating in most district courts throughout New Zealand. Status hearings aredesigned to improve the criminal justice system by ensuring defendants enter an informed plea to appropriate charges as soon as possible and so reduce last minute cancellations of trials and all the consequent problems.

Process Evaluation of the Christchurch Youth Drug Pilot

Year: 2004

Agency: Ministry of Justice

Author: Sue Carswell

Alcohol and drug abuse are often significant factors in youth offending. The aim of the Youth Drug Court Pilot has been to facilitate better service delivery to young people with alcohol and drug dependency in order to reduce their offending.

The Socio-Economic Impact of Amphetamine Type Stimulants in New Zealand

Year: 2004

Agency: NZ Police

Author: Massey University

This report presents the findings of research on the socio-economic impact of Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) in New Zealand. ATS are a group of synthetic illicit drug types which include methamphetamine, ecstasy and crystal methamphetamine (known as ‘ice’). The work presented draws on a number of innovative research approaches and methodologies, many of which were tried for the first time in New Zealand during the project. 

The central aim of the research was to inform the policy response, best practice and strategic planning by New Zealand Police and other relevant government agencies with regard to the recent rise in the use and manufacture of ATS drugs. However because many agencies other than the Police deal with drug problems, the findings reported here have relevance for any organisations responding to ATS problems. 

Communication Service Centre Customer Satisfaction Survey 2003-2004

Year: 2004

Agency: NZ Police

Author: ACNeilson

The Communications Centre Service (CCS), also known as “Comms” within the New Zealand Police, receive all 111 calls and other calls which are routed to the police. Comms logs jobs and events, entering details as provided by the caller, to assist the officers who are despatched to the scene.

New Zealand Police has contracted ACNielsen to conduct a customer satisfaction survey of recent callers to the three Communication Centres (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) administered by the CCS. Results from the survey will be used to determine satisfaction with the service performance of the CCS and to inform service improvements.

The broad objectives of this research are two-fold:  to ascertain the level of satisfaction from the public of the service provided by the Communication Centres, for internal analysis and identification of improvements; and to fulfil a parliamentary performance measurement, whereby the level of satisfaction of external callers is recorded in the NZ Police annual Statement of Intent.

Recent Changes in the Methamphetamine Scene in New Zealand

Year: 2004

Agency: NZ Police

Author: Massey UniversityNZ PoliceUniversity of Otago

This document presents preliminary findings from key informant surveys of drug enforcement and drug treatment workers about how the methamphetamine scene in New Zealand has changed in the last six months.

It is the first component of a larger study of the socio-economic impact of Amphetamine type Stimulants (ATS) commissioned by the New Zealand Police. The ATS project is funded by the New Zealand Police from money received from the Cross Departmental Research Funding Pool administered by the Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST).

Drawing on the Rapid Assessment and Response (RAR) methodology key informant surveys were conducted nationwide with drug treatment workers and drug enforcement officers from Police and Customs in November and December of 2003. Drug enforcement key informants were selected by the National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB) from officers with good knowledge of drug offending from all areas of the country.

A Risk-Need Profile Using Four Measures for Youth Offenders Incarcerated in Young Offender Units

Year: 2004

Agency: Corrections

Author: Corrections

This is the first research that has sought to gather information on a New Zealand incarcerated youth offender population from actuarial measures containing both static and dynamic risk factors. This was designed to allow the Department to develop a risk-need profile of youth offenders within the Young Offender Units (YOU) to enable targeted intervention to be developed. Youth offenders in the Hawkes Bay, Waikeria, and Christchurch YOU’s were administered a structured interview that allowed three specific risk measures to be scored from this information and analysed along with RoC*RoI scores for the group and offence related variables.

Youth Court Offending Rates

Year: 2003

Agency: Crime and Justice Research Centre Victoria University

Author: Gabrielle Maxwell and Elisabeth Poppelwell

Comparisons of offending by young people over time and across areas has been bedevilled by the lack of appropriate statistics. Recent changes to recording systems have now made it possible to use data on Youth Court appearances to compare rates of offending over time and by sex, ethnicity and area. This report describes a methodology for making these comparisons and sets out the relevant data from 1988 to 2001.