Method Statement

‚ÄčThis brief note is intended to summarise the approach taken to create the What Works in Crime Reduction Toolkit. The principal aims of the toolkit are

  • to provide practitioners with a succinct summary of the conclusions of systematic reviews of crime reduction interventions; and
  • to rate the quality of the evidence on which those conclusions are based, or the approach to analysis used to summarise it, so that users of the toolkit know which conclusions warrant more (or less) confidence.

The method used to produce the toolkit was devised and implemented by researchers at the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science and co-funded by the College of Policing and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC grant ES/L007223/1).

Development of the toolkit was undertaken as part of a programme of research involving a consortium of eight UK universities, in which ideas are freely exchanged. Many colleagues have thus contributed to this work and the College of Policing has been consulted throughout its development.

The Crime Reduction Toolkit was developed in a number of stages.  These are detailed across the following 5 pages.

The Method Statement is also available to download as a pdf document.

Stage One:  Searching for relevant systematic reviews
Stage Two:  Devising a system to capture and assess the quality of evidence from systematic reviews
Stage Three:  Coding the studies
Stage Four:  Translating EMMIE into a practical tool