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OR Society Criminal Justice SIG meeting 18th November

OR Society logoWe have a really interesting mix of speakers for our next Criminal Justice Special Interest Group meeting:

Gilberto Montibeller from LSE will talk about a paper that he, Val Belton, Alexis Tsoukias and Giulia Lucertini have published in the first edition of a new journal (the European Journal of Decision Processes) on ‘Policy Analytics: an agenda for research and practice’ ( )

The intention of the paper is to propose a framework for policy analytics within which approaches such as the analysis of social media and tools such as Google public data explorer and Guardian data blog can be harnessed.  We have built some time for questions/discussion into the programme.

Next, we have Toby Davies from UCL who will tell us about his mathematical model of the London riots. Toby’s research at UCL concerns the mathematical modelling and analysis of issues related to security and crime. Such issues involve many factors, interacting in non-trivial ways, and as such are well-suited to treatment as complex systems and the use of associated tools.

And finally, Georgina Eaton and James Riley, who are both statisticians in the Justice Data Lab team and part of Justice Statistics Analytical Services (JSAS) at MoJ, are going to introduce us to the Justice Data Lab. The presentation is titled ‘An introduction to the Justice Data Lab – helping move organisations from measuring outputs to measuring outcomes’. The team’s aim is often stated as ‘To improve the evidence base on ‘What Works’ by giving organisations working with offenders access to secure and legal aggregate re-offending data. This should enable them to better assess the impact of their work on re-offending’.

This CJ SIG event is on Monday November 18th at the Ministry of Justice in central London from 2-4.30pm. Space is limited so please let Sue Merchant know as soon as possible and preferably by the 13th November if you would like to attend. 



Hope to see you there!



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