About College What Works

The College of Policing is the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, established in 2013.

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction produces and collates research evidence on crime reduction and supports its use in practice by: 

  • presenting the best-available evidence on the impact of individual crime prevention interventions in the Crime Reduction Toolkit, together with evidence on how and where they work best to reduce crime

  • publishing a Research Map to facilitate students and researchers to share summaries of their ongoing research related to policing and crime reduction

  • developing evidence-based policing guidelines, created in collaboration with front line practitioners, subject matter experts and academics

  • building capability and understanding in the use of research evidence among police officers and staff and supporting them to carry out academic study and research

  • conducting and commissioning research on priority areas and supporting collaborative research partnerships between police and academics

College What Works is part of a network of What Works Centres created to provide robust and comprehensive evidence that will guide decision-making on public spending. For more information, see the Gov.uk website.