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Crime Reduction Toolkit

From EPSA - European Public Sector Award

The Crime Reduction Toolkit has been created by the College of Policing. The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for all those working in policing and is part of a new network of What Works Centres established by the UK Government. The role of the What Works Centres is to improve outcomes for citizens by enabling decision making, at every level, to be based on the best available research evidence. Developed in partnership with a consortium of eight universities, led by University College London, the Crime Reduction Toolkit is one of the College’s central products and was launched in 2015. It is an online tool which provides easy access to the best available research evidence on the effectiveness, or not, of interventions to reduce crime.

The content of the toolkit was drawn from a mapping exercise carried out by the College’s consortium of academic partners, which identified 300 systematic reviews covering a wide range of interventions. A systematic review summarises the research evidence from a number of studies on a particular topic and uses strict criteria to exclude studies that do not fit certain quality and methodological requirements. Some systematic reviews include meta-analyses which use statistical tests to estimate the overall effect of an intervention by combining data from multiple studies. Only interventions that have been subject to a systematic review have been included in the Crime Reduction Toolkit. Fifty interventions are currently included in the toolkit with more being added as the evidence base increases.

The Toolkit can be used by crime reduction practitioners and decision-makers to help them to understand what works well (and what doesn’t work) according to the best available evidence. It allows them to assess different interventions in terms of their impact on reducing crime and the strength of the evidence. Toolkit users can also clearly see if there is any information on how and where interventions work best and whether the research includes any information on implementation and economic cost. Clicking on the intervention title provides a summary of the findings, any noteworthy issues relating to the intervention, and access to the references for further reading.

The Toolkit has embodied the purposes and functions of the What Works Centres, which have a remit to: • generate evidence of what works in a defined policy area; • transmit evidence to specific user groups in a user-friendly format; and • encourage the adoption and intelligent use of evidence, and contributions to the evidence base.

The Crime Reduction Toolkit is the world first at presenting all of the systematic review evidence on crime reduction interventions. It provides a wide range of crime reduction interventions in one central repository, allowing users to search by keyword, impact on crime or by victim, offender, location, property crime and violence crime.


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Award info
Award category: new solutions to complex challenges - european or national level
Award type: diploma
Award year: 2017
Project type
Sector: Science, research, innovation
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Keywords: Crime, crime reduction, evidence
Short English description: The Crime Reduction Toolkit has been created by the College of Policing. The College of Policing was established in 2012 as the professional body for all those working in policing and is part of a new network of What Works Centres established by the UK Government. The role of the What Works Centres is to improve outcomes for citizens by enabling decision making, at every level, to be based on the best available research evidence. Developed in partnership with a consortium of eight universities, led by University College London, the Crime Reduction Toolkit is one of the College’s central products and was launched in 2015. It is an online tool which provides easy access to the best available research evidence on the effectiveness, or not, of interventions to reduce crime.
Further information
Organisation: UK College of Policing
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Homepage: http://whatworks.college.police.uk/toolkit/ Pages/Toolkit.aspx
Level of government: national level
Size of organisation: >100
Number of people involved: 1-5
Country: United Kingdom
EU membership: EU member
Language code: en
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