Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (332)

Mary Lou McDonald


332. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of live studies, reviews and research undertaken or commissioned by him; and the date by which each study, review and research is scheduled to be completed. [27886/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

As a Department with a wide policy remit, my Department undertakes research on a daily basis concerning a range of issues which impact on policy formation, the legislative process and service delivery, amongst other things. 

My Department has a Chief Information Officer who takes a leading role in structuring the commissioning and undertaking of research across the Department. The Department also benefits from membership of the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service, an integrated cross-Government service that aims to support better policy formulation and analysis within the civil service, enhance the role of economics in policy making and provide Government with evidence-based policy advice. 

Details of research commissioned by my Department since 2016 is included in the following table.  The Deputy will also be aware that there are a range of agencies and offices operating under the aegis of my Department which from time to time may commission studies, reviews or research in addition to that which is outlined below. Furthermore, Annual Reports, whether of the Department itself, or in relation to particular aspects of the Department's work, are regularly published by the Department on its website.

Title of Live Study, Review, Research

Scheduled Date of Completion

Experience of women in the commercial sex trade in the context of the Criminal Law (Sexual

Offences) Act 2017

May 2020

An evidence review of recidivism and policy responses

Q1 2020

Evidence review of victim satisfaction in the Criminal Justice System

Q3 2019

Understanding the needs and experiences of sex trafficking victims in Ireland

Q1 2020

Evidence review of confidence in  criminal justice systems

Q4 2019

Research study on Familicide and domestic homicide reviews

Mid 2020

Mid-term review of National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and gender-based violence


Q3 2019

Research into existing Equality legislation. 

September 2019

Research and analysis on women’s participation at board and senior management level in private companies in Ireland.

December 2019

Review of the Office of the State Pathologist

September 2019

ESRI study on Citizenship

H2 2019

External review on Immigrant Investor Programme

H2 2019

Consultation on draft National Standards for Accommodation offered to People in the Protection Process

Date to be decided

Improving the use of Data to measure Effectiveness in the Irish Youth Justice System

Quarter 1 2020

Evaluation  of the Work to Learn Programme (Irish Youth Justice Service)

Quarter 4 2019

Evaluation  of the Janus project (Irish Youth Justice Service)

Quarter 4 2019

Evaluation of the Solas Project  (Irish Youth Justice Service)

Quarter 4 2019

Evaluation of QQI Programme (Irish Youth Justice Service)

Quarter  4 2019

Studies  to inform development of new Youth Justice Strategy, including policy review and consultations with young people

Quarter  1 2020

Action  Research Project (GYDP development) including examination of relationships  between participants and youth justice workers

On-going  research project, reports on a phased basis commencing in 2020

Children in Criminal Networks (Greentown Project) – Design for Intervention programmes

Q4 2019