What Works Centre evaluation

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction has been supported in the first three years by a consortium of universities, and its broad aims are to embed the best available evidence in crime reduction decision-making, enhancing the UK's capacity to develop and apply evidence-based approaches in this field.

The progress of our Centre is subject to a three year independent evaluation carried out by the Institute of Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck University. 

Phases one and two of the evaluation have been completed and have noted some of our achievements to date as the:

The initial findings also show that the College and its partners have more to do to encourage and support officers and staff to use research evidence in practice.

You can read the full evaluation by downloading the reports via the links at the bottom of this page.

The third and final stage of the evaluation is now in progress and the findings will inform the next stages of the What Works initiative.

Findings from the evaluation will be available on this page in June 2017.

For any further information, please contact Professor Mike Hough at ICPR
(Tel: 07920 747492;  Email: g.hunter@bbk.ac.uk)