This research has the overall aim of understanding how police forces and higher education institutions, at all levels of the organisation, have embedded and developed police-academic partnerships and other EBP mechanisms in response to the NPCC’s 2025 Policing Vision to embed research-informed thinking into operational practice. The study is being undertaken as part of the principal investigator's PhD thesis.This study aims to achieve the following:
The research is utilising a mixed methods approach engaging with online surveys nationally distributed to forces and academics. As well as interviews and focus groups with two police forces.
This study is a mixed methods study, utilising qualitative interviews and focus groups combined with an online survey. The qualitative element will explore two specific police forces in the North of England, interviewing a mix of rank and roles both in police forces and universities.
The quantitative element of the
methodology is an online national survey which explores the research aims on a
larger scale. The questionnaire is facilitated and distributed by the College
of Policing to national leads with experience of engaging with police-academic
partnerships. For the qualitative element there is a target sample size of 50 participants. This is based on the relevant roles in the police forces engaged and academic partners. The quantitative survey will be distributed to approximately 360 participants, and the research aims to receive a representative response rate from that sample.
The inclusion criteria for this research is as follows:
Interviews and focus groups will be thematically analysed and coded. The survey will be analysed using SPSS.