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Policy Fellowship with the MOJ and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation: Outcome Measures Linked to Desistance

Context | Role description and responsibilities | Essential and desirable criteria | How to apply | Data Security | Working Arrangements | Organisational context


Capabilities in Academic Policy Engagement (CAPE) is pleased to announce a new policy fellowship opportunity working with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation research team alongside analytical colleagues in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Data and Analysis Directorate. This fellowship post offers an exciting opportunity to work with fast paced analytical teams to address one of the government’s top priorities of reducing reoffending.

The MoJ’s Areas of Research Interest (ARI) 2020 publication summarises the MoJ’s evidence needs over the next three to five years, aligned with the department’s strategic objectives for the system. A specific focus of interest for this fellowship links to the following ARI questions:

The post also links with the probation inspection standards framework which now includes an ‘outcomes’ standard[1].

This exciting Policy Fellowship opportunity is open to eligible academic, research and university staff at CAPE partner universities. It is offered on a full-time or part-time basis, for up to 6 months, in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal. The fellowship award may be up to £50,000 funded through CAPE. The fellowship will start as soon as possible, subject to successful security clearance.

Role description and responsibilities

The project seeks to explore the range of outcome measures needed to better understand desistance and (reductions in) reoffending. There is interest in developing measures that work for (i) children and (ii) adults, ensuring that they are sufficiently tailored to these differing age groups.

As well as exploring these outcome measures, the fellowship could also potentially assist with: the development of future performance measures/targets such as those within youth justice and those within the new unified probation service; assessment tools such as OASys (adults) and AssetPlus (children); and other new technological tools such as web-based applications to allow people in the criminal justice system to assess their own needs, track their progress, and seamlessly integrate them with support services[2].

The main responsibilities will be to:

Priority tasks will include:

About you

Essential criteria

Desirable criteria

Please note specific terms and conditions will be stated in a fellowship agreement, which the successful candidate will be required to sign at the start of their fellowship.

How to apply

To apply please send:

Deadline for applications: 12pm Monday 28 February 2022

Applications should be sent to CAPE Coordinator: [email protected]

Interviews are expected to be held in the week commencing 14th March with the fellowship starting as soon as possible thereafter.

For any queries linked to the fellowship, please contact CAPE coordinator Jenny Hasenfuss [email protected].  For more specific questions on the remit of the project, please contact the Evidence and Partnerships Hub in MoJ at [email protected].

Data security considerations

The successful candidate will be required to have passed a Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and DBS check before starting the project. In addition, the successful candidate will need to be able to demonstrate that they will store all data in accordance with data protection legislation and current OSC/MoJ data security procedures. Read MOJ security guidance.

The issues will be discussed prior to starting the project and will cover all relevant aspects including: how information will be collected, accessed, managed and analysed; how it will be stored/storage location; secure transfer of information; disposal of information following completion of the project.

Working arrangements

It is expected that the successful candidate will be based remotely to begin with due to current Covid-19 working restrictions. There will be opportunities (subject to Covid regulations) to work with the HMI Probation and MoJ teams in Manchester, London and potentially Leeds. The successful candidate will also be expected to participate in regular touchpoint meetings between the analytical teams in MoJ and the Inspectorate to ensure the smooth delivery of work, either virtually or face-to-face.

For an informal discussion or for any queries linked to the fellowship, please contact us at [email protected].  For more specific questions on the remit of the project, please contact the Evidence and Partnerships Hub in MoJ at [email protected].

Organisational context – about the Ministry of Justice the HM Inspectorate of Probation

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, working to protect and advance the principles of justice and deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone. Our responsibilities are significant, wide-ranging and have implications for some of the most vulnerable people in society. These range from building and maintaining the prisons, youth and court estates, to developing interventions that reduce reoffending and protect the public, to ensuring children’s needs are put first in legal decisions about their care.

Data and Analysis is a multi-disciplinary team of around 400 staff that sits at the heart of the MoJ providing analytical support across a diverse and exciting agenda. The team support policy development and operational delivery with cutting-edge and high-impact analysis delivered by a community of analysts and specialists including, social researchers, economists, operational researchers, statisticians, data engineers, data scientists and other data specialists (such as data strategists, data dissemination and assurance experts). The Evidence and Partnerships Hub within Data and Analysis, who are facilitating the MoJ partnership with CAPE, aims to enhance the department’s research capabilities by collaborating with external experts, helping to transform the way evidence is used to generate policy insights.

HM Inspectorate of Probation

HM Inspectorate of Probation is the independent inspector of probation and youth offending services in England and Wales. Its mission is to promote positive changes in these services, with its recommendations, research and effective practice guidance driving improvements at individual, local and national levels. The Inspectorate is committed to reviewing, developing and promoting the evidence base for high-quality probation and youth offending services. The Inspectorate’s research team provides a research and analytical function with responsibility for:

CAPE Policy Fellowships

CAPE is a partnership between UCL and the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Northumbria and Nottingham, in collaboration with the Government Office for Science, the Parliamentary Office for Science & Technology, the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and the Transforming Evidence Hub, funded by Research England.

It is a 4-year project created to support effective and sustained engagement between academics and policy professionals across the higher education sector.

Read more about CAPE.

[1] Probation inspection standards ( 2.6.1 Do early outcomes demonstrate that reasonable progress has been made, in line with the personalised needs of the person on probation?

[2] Dr Gemma Morgan, Swansea University.

[3] See also

[4] When developing an outcomes framework for children’s social care, the MVP principles were used for appropriate outcome indicators. See –