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Each year, with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management convenes a workshop at Harvard on 'the design and use of indicators of justice and safety in developing countries.'
The workshop is part of a larger program on indicators supported by DFID and the Australian Government’s Overseas Aid Program. It brings together government officials and civil society leaders from countries around the world along with experts and officials in international development agencies to discuss the role of indicators in the service of justice sector reform locally, nationally, and globally.
Which effects of development are most important to count, and what are the effects of trying to count them? How can you promote 'ownership' of indicators by national governments without privileging the opinions of a small group of individuals? Can the indicators that count these effects capture the true “voices of the poor” or do they only record a faint echo? What might an MDG for justice and safety look like, and how would it affect the field of indicator development?
These questions and other important challenges of indicator development were the focus of five panel discussions that shaped this year’s Conference on Indicators of Safety and Justice at Harvard University.
To learn more about the previous workshops held including overviews, working papers, agendas, participant lists, and/or photos from these sessions, please use the links at left which archive information by year, from 2008 onward. A brief synopsis of the past few years is below:
In October, 2010 participants presented a series of prototype indicators on police effectiveness, the duration of pretrial detention, and residents’ sense of safety. Panel discussions addressed the role of multi-agency indicators, indicators for customary justice systems, and the role of civil society organizations in indicator development.
Click on the links at left for more information or contact the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (or click on About > Contact Us at the top of this page).