Commissioned partnership programme

The Commissioned partnership programme has delivered a programme of research work to support the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.

The first Commissioned partnership programme, completed in March 2017, has delivered work to support the College of Policing. The first three-year partnership programme was co-funded by the College and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The Commissioned partnership programme was made up of a consortium of universities, led by University College London (UCL) and included the Institute of Education (IoE), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Birkbeck College, and Cardiff, Dundee, Surrey and Southampton.

The Consortium has been responsible for an evaluation of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction and the third and final report is available here.

For more information about the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction please email us.

Commissioned partnership programme: list of work packages


Work packageDescriptionProducts​  
1. List of systematic reviewsA comprehensive listing will be made of systematic reviews on crime reduction topics to establish a common database of knowledge on searches and expert consultation. Database of systematic reviews            

Find out more about the results of the search
2. Mapping and evidence synthesisSystematic mapping and full synthesis of the evidence across a range of specified crime reduction priority areas will be undertaken. At a minimum, a qualitative synthesis will be expected for every topic, complemented by a quantitative synthesis if sufficient evidence exists. Mediation, mentoring and peer-support to reduce youth knife and gun-enabled violence

Access control as a method to reduce crime in physical environments

Criminal justice interventions in domestic violence
3. Development of decision criteriaA comparative labelling scheme will be developed, using a consistent evaluation standard to rate and rank the effectiveness of interventions and the overall cost-saving. Crime Reduction Toolkit Method Statement
4. Application of criteria to reviewsA toolkit will be developed of ranked and labelled interventions. This will be developed by applying the criteria to each systematic review identified from work packages 1 and 2. Crime Reduction Toolkit

EMMIE evidence appraisal coding tool

5. Developing advice on costing interventionsDetailed guidance will be produced for practitioners on how to undertake cost analysis of specific interventions.Cost Benefit Tool
6. Design of a development programme on crime reduction evidence appraisalA development programme will be produced to equip practitioners with the capability to understand, critique and make effective use of evidence.
7. Deliver a pilot of the programme (to police practitioners)A pilot of the development programme will be undertaken to assess how far its aims and objectives have been met.
8. Primary research The programme will support primary research on a topic to be decided in collaboration between the grant holder(s) and partners.What works for reducing domestic abuse: A multi-site process evaluation of risk-led policing and the DASH risk assessment tool
9. Test impact of the What Works Centre on decision-making ​An evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the Centre will be undertaken. ​ Evaluation of the 'What Works Centre for Crime Reduction' Year 1: Baseline                         
Evaluation of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction Year 2: Progress    
​Evaluation of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction Year 3: Final report