The introduction of restorative justice approaches in young people’s residential units: A critical evaluation

This 2010 report by the NSPCC evaluated Hertfordshire County Council’s introduction of restorative justice in its young people’s residential units.

The report found that police were called out fewer times following the implementation of restorative practices.

Improving School Climate: Findings from Schools Implementing Restorative Practices

In 2009 the International Institute for Restorative Practices put together this summary of findings from schools implementing restorative practices in the UK, Canada and the US.

New Zealand Ministry of Justice: Reoffending Analysis for Restorative Justice Cases: 2008 and 2009

In the New Zealand criminal justice system, restorative justice is primarily delivered through a meeting between the victim and the offender called a restorative justice conference. Currently, the Ministry of Justice provides funding for about 1,500 conferences per year.

Building Restorative Relationships for the Workplace: Goodwin Development Trust’s Journey with Restorative Approaches

A 2011 major piece of research into building restorative workplaces by the Goodwin Development Trust found that implementing restorative justice helped managers to share the pressure of decision-making, hold their team more accountable and develop better communication and working relationships.

Evaluation of Sheffield Community Justice Panel

Community (or Neighbourhood) Justice Panels are an innovative community-based model of restorative justice being used in Sheffield, Somerset and Manchester. This 2010 report by Sheffield Hallam University compares the effectiveness and cost of community mediation with interventions by statutory agencies.

Evaluation of the Sycamore Tree Programme

In 2009, Sheffield Hallam University, in conjunction with Manchester Metropolitan University, were commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the Sycamore Tree programme by Prison Fellowship England and Wales.

Ministry of Justice evaluation: implementing restorative justice schemes (Crime Reduction Programme) summary

From 2001, the government funded a £7 million seven-year research programme looking into three restorative justice schemes: CONNECT, the Justice Research Consortium (JRC) and REMEDI. 

This paper summarises the results, including that:

Restorative justice evidence: What do we know – where are the gaps?

This 2013 seminar, organised by the Restorative Justice Council and The Forgiveness Project with the Ministry of Justice, explored the evidence base for restorative justice and where the gaps in our knowledge lie.

Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance

This 2013 report found ways in which immaturity among young adults can affect restorative justice practice.

Restorative Justice Conferencing Using Face-to-Face Meetings of Offenders and Victims: Effects on Offender Recidivism and Victim Satisfaction. A Systematic Review

By Heather Strang, Lawrence W Sherman, Evan Mayo-Wilson, Daniel Woods and Barak Ariel.