Embedding evidence-based practice in public protection and crime prevention: A multi-disciplinary partnership

Lead institution
Liverpool John Moores University

Project contact
Dr Joe Yates, Director, School of Humanities & Social Science

Collaborating partners


​* Merseyside Police
* Office of the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner


Summary of activities
This is an ambitious interdisciplinary project to put research activity at the core of decision-making, policy and practice development within the police. The partnership aims to:

  • build capacity amongst police officers and staff to understand, critique, and use research
  • embed engagement with contemporary criminal justice and policing research in promoting evidence-based problem solving practice
  • demonstrate innovation in developing evidence-base and in the dissemination and application of findings through knowledge exchange mechanisms across all levels of policing.

These objectives will be achieved by using a communities of practice model to:

  • deliver training
  • develop and manage work-based research
  • facilitate knowledge transfer between project research teams, Merseyside police and staff, and wider audiences.

The communities of practice are multi-disciplinary teams of police officers and staff supported by a practitioner fellow from the police and a research fellow from the university. 

Research priorities
Working collaboratively, practitioner and research fellows will jointly develop training and agendas for research activity around the overarching priority of supporting victims, protecting vulnerable people and maintaining public safety. More specifically the teams of fellows will engage with and deliver upon the following priorities:

  • child exploitation
  • effective crime prevention
  • hate crime.

The themes of cyber-crime, computer forensics and CCTV will cut across all areas.

Project stages
The project will deliver accredited research training to enhance understanding of evidence-based models and develop participants' skills.

Officers and staff will then develop their own original agenda for research with support from the fellows. 

Together, fellows and project participants will finally engage in dissemination and knowledge transfer activities with Merseyside Police and partners within the collaboration, and also externally to local criminal justice partners and academic audiences.

Throughout the project the senior research Fellow will ensure that external criminal justice and community based partners have the opportunity to help influence research priorities and will be able to engage with the outputs created.