Strengthening Evidence-based Policy Making on Security and Justice in Mexico

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Security and justice are core responsibilities of the State, and the foundations of  good governance and healthy democracies. Moreover, they are precursors to economic growth and competitiveness, with potential impacts on businesses' transaction costs and the quality of human capital. Generating and utillising evidence on security and justice therefore is key to strengthening justice sector performance and reducing crime.  This can pose a challenge to governments however as crime is a distrinctly territorial phenomenon, particularly in Mexico.   This study offers a framework to treat security and justice as a central concern of public policy. It examines the availability and quality of sub-national level data in Mexico, and discusses how to transform this data into evidence that can feed into each stage of the policy cycle.  It presents available indicators at sub-national level in Mexico and compares the extent to which crime and justice data follow regional paterns with respect to a sample of other OECD Member Countries.


Evidence-based policy making on security and justice in Mexico

This chapter is devoted to security and justice as a distinct dimension of governance and public policy. It argues in favour of a horizontal, “whole-of-government” approach to security and justice because such an approach has broad socio-economic implications for well-being and quality of life as well as confidence in the rule of law and economic competitiveness. Furthermore, the chapter discusses how evidence can contribute to improving the effectiveness of public policies and elaborates on how to introduce the evidence throughout the policy cycle in a more systematic manner. Specifically, it sets out a framework for using evidence more concretely in Mexico to improve results during times when citizens perceive security to be weak or when significant reforms to the criminal justice system are taking place. Best practices in the measurement and evaluation of security and justice policies are featured from such countries as Canada, Norway and the United Kingdom.


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