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  • Welcome – 5 documents
  • Murder stats decrease Crime Ratio per 100 000 of the population 2004/2005 : 40,3 (18793) 2011/2012: 30,9 (15609) 54% decrease since 1994 when number of murders were 25964
  • Crime Maps: crime stats at a precinct level PP: example of information on rights and how to recognise and report positive & negative experiences SA Crime Statistics: Analysis of different crime types, its drivers and solutions Hottopics: Analysis and comment through articles of topical police matters Criminal Justice System (CJS): mandates, policies, legislation, budgets, personal, structures and strategies Useful data: relevant data bases relating to CJS performance, data and resources as well as population and other survey data Practical safety tips on how to avoid becoming a victim to specific crime types Other: Information and advice on how to access & make use of the criminal justice system Crime Prevention: Information and analysis on crime prevention initiatives beyond the criminal justice system Crime Prevention: Local and Practical initiatives to mitigate the risk factors of crime
  • Dedicated staff: dedicated manager, supported by one and a half interns, as well as a data expert (who has GCIS skills) and a website developer (outsourced). On a contract basis, data cleaners and managers from time to time to assist in cleaning and packaging of data sets GIS experts for data maps Manager also fields a huge number of requests for information from all over the world, packing and responding to those requests is an important part of the service of the hub and requires dedicated time.
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  • Lizette Lancaster - Institute for Security Studies

    1. 1. The Crime and JusticeThe Crime and Justice Information and Analysis HubInformation and Analysis Hub Lizette Lancaster Institute for Security Studies 27 June 2013 1
    2. 2. 2 OverviewOverview • Background • SA Crime Situation • Crime Hub Objective • Focus Areas • Analysis and Information types • Crime Hub Online • Lessons Learnt • Ongoing Challenges • Year Three Challenges • New Developments
    3. 3. 3 BackgroundBackground Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an African non- governmental policy research institute. Our work is aimed at contributing to a stable and peaceful Africa characterised by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy and collaborative security. The Governance, Crime and Justice Division (GCJ) of the ISS works to inform and influence policy and public discourse on issues relating to governance, corruption, crime, its prevention and criminal justice. This is done by conducting research, analysing policy, disseminating information and providing expertise as a contribution towards a safer and secure society.
    4. 4. Crime Trends in South AfricaCrime Trends in South Africa 1994/95 to 2011/20121994/95 to 2011/2012 4
    5. 5. 5 Objective of the Crime HubObjective of the Crime Hub (Crime and Justice information(Crime and Justice information and Analysis Hub)and Analysis Hub) The objective of the hub is to improve transparency and accountability in relation to crime and safety governance by providing a user-friendly, one-stop interactive source of information and analysis on crime, its prevention and the functioning of the criminal justice system in South Africa.
    6. 6. 6 Focus AreasFocus Areas
    7. 7. Types of Analysis & informationTypes of Analysis & information 7 • Statistics in different formats e.g. tables, graphs, maps, profiles, databases • Data-mining of available surveys, data and information • Qualitative and quantitative research • Articles, policy briefs, seminars and podcasts to disseminate data analysis • Ad hoc responses to data requests from government, media and community requests • Often asked to comment on policy implications • Practice and Policy: Advisory role on several reference committees of government oversight bodies to link analysis to policy.
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    9. 9. 9 Lessons Learnt 1. Need practical, implementable and sustainable vision 2. Need dedicated team of experts 3. Need a sufficient multi-year budget 4. Sustainability: capacity, budget and IT infrastructure 5. Networking and information sharing is critical 6. The credible and responsible packaging of information is an ongoing challenge 7. Website/technology development is ongoing 8. Balance between available technology and end-user realities such as slow internet and old versions of browsers 9. Creativity is required to make complex data and issues accessible
    10. 10. 10 Ongoing Challenges 1. Dealing with data gaps e.g. disaggregated and timely data 2. Disjointed and impractical public sector performance indicators and data sources 3. Finances and capacity to collect data especially empirical and survey data 4. Systematic methods of data collection and analysis are time-consuming 5. Verification processes are critical and time-consuming 6. Cooperation from government departments and other research institutions 7. How to make information and data available to whom?
    11. 11. 11 Year Three Challenges 1. Original design is not interactive enough 2. Original web developers do not have the know-how and innovation to develop site further 3. Original technical design make uploads difficult 4. Time and capacity to do required design, research, validation, analysis, and data uploads 5. Mapping and interactive components need to be updated and census data incorporated but different units of analysis 6. New components will be added as needs identified e.g. public violence mapping incorporating crowdsourcing software ahead of 2014 elections
    12. 12. NewNew DevelopmentDevelopment 1.1. New WebsiteNew Website 2.2. More responsivenessMore responsiveness 3.3. Mobile FriendlyMobile Friendly 4.4. Incorporate moreIncorporate more statistics and multi-mediastatistics and multi-media 5.5. Improved advancedImproved advanced viewerviewer 6.6. Public violence data basePublic violence data base and monitoringand monitoring 7.7. Public violence maps andPublic violence maps and online reportingonline reporting 8.8. More community dataMore community data 9.9. Enhanced social mediaEnhanced social media 12
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