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Taking an evidence-based approach to evidence-based policing research

Boulton, L, Phythian, R, Kirby, S and Dawson, I (2020) Taking an evidence-based approach to evidence-based policing research. Policing. ISSN 1752-4512

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A growing body of international evidence reflects the increasing recognition of evidence-based policing (EBP) and the co-production of research, yet the extent of which such research is being implemented remains unclear. This study seeks to explore the efficacy of EBP in relation to practical implementation issues and assess the impact research is having on practice, both within and external to a specific Constabulary. Twenty-nine research studies, conducted in association with the Constabulary, were examined using a mixed-method approach. Of the total projects, 52% of projects were found to have generated a change to practice or policy. The key features of research that were associated with impact included: (i) mixed-method data collection, (ii) transferability, and (iii) increased dissemination that engaged practitioner and academic audiences. Practically, these findings suggest that EBP research projects can be designed and disseminated in a way that increases the likelihood of implementing the findings to change practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2020 09:16
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2020 10:15
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/police/paaa057
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13878

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