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.


Selected sub-national data on security and justice in Mexico

The government of Mexico has taken steps to advance measurement in the domain of security and justice, implementing, for instance, methodological improvements to national victimisation surveys and collecting increasingly detailed data on law enforcement and justice sector resources and operations. This chapter presents an overview of available regional data which could be considered in measuring the performance of criminal justice systems, specifically in terms of their capacities, effectiveness and efficiency. As discussed in the previous chapters, however, translating this data into actionable evidence may require further consideration of the limitations of the existing information as some gaps remain. Greater standardisation and harmonisation across time and regions/jurisdictions and agencies may be necessary to improve performance evaluation and monitor the impacts of ongoing reforms.


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