Get involved as we research the big crime and justice issues - see our current projects.

We are funded by a number of charitable foundations and trusts to develop new analysis and policy on behalf of the crime and justice sector. We use this funding to collaborate on research with public bodies, charities and other organisations, providing them with insights into their data which deepen our understanding of the issue as a whole. For more information about our current projects, see below. If you'd like to get in touch, you can contact us here or email Thank you.

Current projects

County Lines and Looked After Children

Crest is researching the criminal exploitation of looked after children in two police force areas. 

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Serious Violence Research

Crest is running a two-year programme of work examining the underlying causes and drivers of serious violence.

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Measuring the effectiveness of criminal justice systems

We are working with PCCs on this project to measure the effectiveness of local criminal justice systems, developing tailored performance frameworks to help PCCs hold local agencies to account on specific issues.

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COVID-19 and the criminal justice system

Crest is undertaking new research to understand how COVID-19 is impacting the criminal justice system. 

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Swift & Certain justice

This project will research the principles of swift and certain justice, where and when in the system they are most impactful and what other factors may also be important.

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