A discussion among data producers, National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and supporting organizations about lessons learned and priorities for improving access to justice, public safety, crime, and governance data.
The inclusion of justice in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has accelerated efforts to improve the quality and availability of justice data to inform and monitor efforts to achieve justice for all. Despite this global endeavour, there are still knowledge, research, and data gaps. Since the beginning, NSOs, policymakers, and civil justice activists all around the world have been aware of the numerous challenges that this work entails, as well as its importance in policy debate. However, governments and civil society organisations are increasingly embracing measurement frameworks to improve access to justice, public safety, crime, and governance data.
These data gaps are worsened by the COVID-19 epidemic, increasing justice needs while impeding certain data collection. Various organisations have recently emphasised the importance of incorporating civil justice, public safety, criminal, and governance data demands into their statistical approaches to COVID-19 response activities. These strategies emphasise the importance of expanding timely and responsive civil justice, public safety, crime, and governance data as critical components of more responsive COVID-19 measures.