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

Understanding linked Ministry of Justice (MoJ) datasets

Course description

In the third session of the Dataset Users Webinar Series, participants will gain insights into the intricacies of data collection, processing, and user feedback within the context of the SAIL Databank and linked MoJ datasets. This session is ideal for individuals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the data lifecycle within the SAIL Databank and MoJ, including data collection, processing, user feedback, and collaboration with data providers. 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

SAIL Databank users with access to MoJ data.


Learning outcomes

  • Insights into the complexities of data management and utilisation in a secure and anonymised data environment.
  • Understand how data is collected and processed before being shared with the SAIL Databank, including considerations for output export control.
  • Learn to communicate with data providers effectively, seek clarification on data-related issues, and establish collaborative partnerships.



  • 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

  • Effective communication skills for conveying ideas and building stakeholder relationships.
  • Problem solving skills to assess situations, identify issues, and propose solutions to address data-related challenges effectively.
  • Data literacy skills critical for conducting research, making informed decisions, and solving problems effectively.



10:00 – 10:05 Welcome Dr Ting Wang
10:05 – 10:45 An introduction to the MoJ Data First datasets available in SAIL Databank. This session will cover the following:

  • Brief overview of Data First
  • Detailed overview of the datasets available and the MoJ Areas of Research Interest
  • Outline the process of what is needed to do if to export outputs outside of the SAIL Databank environment
Georgina Eaton and James Doherty
10:45 – 11:30


Collating user feedback, discussing data queries and potential solutions and seeking clarification from the data provider. Dr Ting Wang, guest speaker, and the audience
11:30 Closing Session 3 of Dataset Users Webinar Series Dr Ting Wang
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