Statement from Julia Unwin, Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation:
In the immediate aftermath of the recent riots, there was an understandable rush for instant explanations. As the dust begins to settle, it is clear how complex and difficult it is to explain the events of 6th-10th August.
The JRF believes that solid evidence has to be the driver for good policy. So, as policymakers develop responses to the riots, the need for solid evidence on the causes of the riots is crucial. Currently none exists.
The qualitatitive and quantitative data The Guardian has in its unique possession is invaluable. The rigorous analysis the LSE will carry out on this evidence will be vital to understanding why the riots occurred. It is for this reason that JRF is involved in this partnership: we want policy responses to be based on evidence, not on conjecture."