A systematic review of the effectiveness of asset-focussed interventions against organised crime

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Glasgow

Principal Researcher

Colin Atkinson

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

January 2015

Research Context

​The systematic review that follows seeks to identify and evaluate asset-focussed interventions against organised crime.


Such an approach is timely, given the ways in which asset-focussed interventions are being used in some jurisdictions as measures to reduce harm caused by organised crime. Asset-focussed interventions against organised crime in the UK encompass a range of activities, including asset-recovery, forfeiture and deprivation.


We aim to identify the causal mechanisms through which asset-focussed interventions are expected to reduce crime and the conditions under which such interventions have been found to be effective, ineffective and/or to produce unintended negative effects.


We will also aim to, where possible, review information on the costs of implementing and undertaking asset-focussed interventions.

Research Methodology

​This systematic review deploys a robust, replicable strategy for identifying studies relevant to the research question.


It deploys key search terms across multiple databases in order to identify relevant studies, filtered through a transparent inclusion and exclusion criteria. Appropriate data extraction and management processes are applied, with methods of analyses performed as part of a twin-tracked meta-analysis and the realist synthesis process.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

September 2017
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