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.
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.