Join us for the launch of our Economic Evaluation of Restorative Justice project

Published: Thursday, August 4th, 2022

This is a blog by our Fundraising Officer Lucy Harris.


Economic Evaluation of Restorative JusticeDo you want to know how to measure the economic value of your restorative work? Do you want to hear our key findings on the cost benefit of Restorative Justice?

On Thursday 29th September, Why me? are holding a free event to launch our Economic Evaluation of Restorative Justice projectWe are inviting all professionals in the criminal justice and Restorative Justice fields who are interested in the economic benefits of Restorative Justice to join us.

Through our unique research project, Why me? has conducted a rigorous evaluation of the costs and economic benefits of Restorative Justice. The research aims to inform national and local decision-making around the funding and implementation of Restorative Justice. The project will culminate in a published report of our findings, a summary of which will be presented during the event. 

This event will consist of two sessions.

In the first session Frank Grimsey Jones, the economist leading the project, will deliver a high level presentation on the methods and results of our research.

In the second session there will be a panel discussion with reflections on the research, including the implications for decision making and for future research. The panel will include:

  • Lucy Jaffé, Director of Why me? (chair)
  • Lisa Allam, Commissioning and Contracts Manager at Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and Isle of Wight
  • Jon Franklin, Chief Economist at Pro Bono Economics
  • Professor Joanna Shapland, Edward Bramley Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Sheffield
  • Frank Grimsey Jones, professional economist seconded to Why me?

The event will be of particular interest to Restorative Justice commissioners, service managers, policy makers and researchers. It will provide a great opportunity to understand how this research contributes to the Restorative Justice evidence base, and the implications for decision making.  

By attending these sessions you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of our research findings and methods, and how the research will contribute to creating a substantial Restorative Justice evidence base.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to measure and model the economic value of your work, and understand our model’s potential for use in the implementation of Restorative Justice.
  • Network with fellow professionals and stakeholders in the criminal justice and Restorative Justice sectors.

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Please contact Frank Grimsey-Jones ( and Lucy Harris ( if you have any questions.

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