What Works Centre News Updates

College bursary 2021 11 March 2021

On 8 March, we launched our sixth annual bursary scheme. The application window is now closed.

Spotlight on the evidence: Police-led pre-charge diversion models for young offenders 25 February 2021

Here we introduce a new intervention on the Crime Reduction Toolkit which adds to the best-available evidence about diversion approaches to reducing crime.

Identifying risk: An analysis of police practice in statutory reviews of death and significant harm 09 February 2021

This is the second of a series of articles by Dr. Debra Allnock about her analysis of reviews of death and significant harm. This article focuses on commonly identified police practice and risk-related themes from analysis of those reviews.

Updated Safer Streets toolkit released 28 January 2021

A second ‘Safer Streets Fund’ has been announced to support PCCs in implementing situational crime prevention initiatives in areas with high levels of acquisitive crime. Our Safer Streets toolkit has been updated as a resource for those developing bids.

Personal perspective: researching vulnerability and how we apply labels in policing 27 January 2021

College bursary recipient Detective Sergeant Rob Ewin, Cumbria Police, tells us about his experience of academic study which led him to complete a PhD in 2021, opening up opportunities to apply his research to policing.

Victims of serious violence in England and Wales, 2011–2017 21 January 2021

Iain Brennan tells us about his analysis addressing gaps in our knowledge about the distribution of violence across groups, places and times – in adults and children – using data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Violent crime in London: trends, trajectories and neighbourhoods 19 January 2021

This report is a result of a project which aims to illustrate some of the ways in which police-recorded crime data could be combined with other sources to provide a deeper insight into the geographical and social distribution of violent crime. 

Introducing our registered pilots scheme 14 December 2020

Our registered pilot scheme has been launched to support forces to trial and test innovative ways to reduce crime, by providing relevant research support and specialist advice