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MoJ Data First Datasets User Training (Webinar session 2 of 3)

Developing your application for linked Ministry of Justice (MoJ) datasets

Course description:

This session is tailored towards individuals interested in learning more about the application process for accessing linked Ministry of Justice (MoJ) datasets via the SAIL Databank Trusted Research Environment (TRE). This session provides valuable insights and practical guidance to enhance your application skills. Session 2 of the Dataset Users Webinar Series, focused on Courts & Justice, will dive into the intricacies of developing applications for linked MoJ datasets. These interactive sessions will allow for open discussion with panel members. Participants will need to register to attend one, two or all three of the sessions individually.


Who should attend?

Anyone who is interested in learning more about how to fill out application forms.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand the SAIL Databank application process including the different stages involved and the type of support available, such as the scoping form and Independent Governance Review Panel (IGRP) process.
  • Strategies for involvement, engagement and co-production in research projects that enriches research quality and impact.
  • Insights from real-world examples that demonstrate best practice.
  • Collaboration and networking through interactive Q&A sessions and discussions that fosters collaborative working.
  • Understand the ethical and legal considerations associated with accessing and utilising linked MoJ datasets.



  • Magistrates’ courts dataset
  • Crown Court dataset
  • Prisoner custodial journey dataset
  • Probation dataset
  • Family court dataset (this has been linked with Cafcass and Census 2021 data)
  • Criminal court, prisons and probation linking dataset (this will be replaced by the cross justice system linking dataset)

Datasets coming to SAIL this year:

  • Refreshed datasets for all of the above covering longer time periods
  • Cross justice system linking dataset
  • Civil court dataset (awaiting final sign-off)
  • Offender Assessment (OASys) dataset

Transferrable skills

  • Communication skills through active participation in discussions.
  • Collaborative skills, such as teamwork and active listening, that’s helps achieve common goals.
  • Project management skills by learning how to build engagement, involvement, and co-production into research projects.
  • Problem solving through hands-on practice completing application forms for both SAIL and MoJ.



10:00 – 10:05 Welcome Dr Ting Wang
10:05 – 10:20 Understanding the SAIL Databank application process, including the type of support available (scoping form, IGRP application) Dr Ting Wang
10:20 – 10:35 RAP (Research Accreditation Panel) application process and its relationship with IGRP Cynthia McNerney
10:35 – 10:45 MOJ supplementary information Georgina Eaton
10:45 – 11:00 Building Engagement, Involvement and Co-Production into your Project (including Q&A) Jack Palmer
11:00 – 11:30


Hands-on practice on filling in application forms for both SAIL and RAP applications, including general discussion and Q&A Dr Ting Wang, Cynthia McNerney, Georgina Eaton and the audience
11:30 Closing Session 2 of Dataset Users Webinar Series Dr Ting Wang


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