What is the Crime Reduction Toolkit?The Crime Reduction Toolkit summarises the best available research evidence on what works to reduce crime. It uses the EMMIE framework described below to present evidence from systematic reviews of research on crime reduction interventions in a format that helps users to access and understand it quickly.What is a systematic review?A systematic review summarises the research evidence from a number of studies on a particular topic and uses strict criteria to exclude studies that do not fit certain quality and methodological requirements. Some systematic reviews include meta-analyses which use statistical tests to estimate the overall effect of an intervention by combining data from multiple studies. Only interventions that have been subject to a systematic review have been included on the Crime Reduction Toolkit. What's in the toolkit and how can it help me?The Toolkit lists crime reduction interventions which span a broad range of approaches and problems. It is not an exhaustive list of interventions used to reduce crime as the Toolkit only contains those that have been subject to at least one systematic review. The systematic reviews are interpreted, rated and presented using a framework termed EMMIE (see below). We continue to add interventions to the Toolkit when new systematic reviews measuring crime reduction are published. The Toolkit can be used by crime reduction practitioners and decision-makers to help them to understand what works well (and what doesn't work) according to the best available evidence. It allows them to assess different interventions in terms of their impact on reducing crime and the strength of the evidence. Toolkit users can also clearly see if there is any information on how and where interventions work best and whether the research includes any information on implementation and economic cost. Clicking on the intervention title provides a summary of the findings, any noteworthy issues relating to the intervention, and access to the references for further reading. What is EMMIE?
Evidence is presented using the framework EMMIE. EMMIE is a rating and ranking system which was developed by academics at University College London to help practitioners and decision-makers to access the evidence-base easily and quickly. EMMIE rates each intervention against the following five dimensions:
Impact on crime
Whether the evidence suggests the intervention led to an increase, decrease or had no impact on crime.
How it works
What is it about the intervention that could explain its effect?
Where it works
In what circumstances and contexts is the intervention likely to work / not work?
How to do it
What conditions should be considered when implementing an intervention locally?
To find out more about EMMIE you can read the method statement How do I interpret the impact of each intervention on crime reduction?There are two steps to interpreting the impact of an intervention on crime.
Further reading"Introducing EMMIE: an evidence rating scale to encourage mixed-method crime prevention synthesis reviews"; JOHNSON, Shane D.; TILLEY, Nick; BOWERS, Kate; Journal of Experimental Criminology, 2015
The EMMIE framework was developed by UCL Jill Dando Institute as part of a programme of work designed to help build the toolkit co-funded by the College of Policing and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). ESRC Grant title: 'University Consortium for Evidence-Based Crime Reduction'. Grant Ref: ES/L007223/1.