Research Surgeries

Would you like advice on survey development, running focus groups, or interviews? Do you want to evaluate the effect of a new programme or intervention? Could you make use of guidance and support from College research experts?


Research Surgeries

As part of the College of Policing's role in building the evidence base in policing and crime reduction, we work closely with forces to support and encourage research projects and the evaluation of new initiatives.

Research Surgeries take place at College sites around the country and give officers and staff access to hands on advice and support from specialist College staff.  Surgeries are an important part of the College's work to help increase knowledge of research methods and build analytical capacity across policing.

What is a Research Surgery?

Research Surgeries are an opportunity to get bespoke advice and guidance on any research issue facing you or your force. Surgeries can be used for a variety of reasons. You could be developing a force survey, planning focus groups with staff, or introducing a new technology, tactic, or business process. Whatever your focus, the College can provide advice and guidance to help support your project.

How does it work?

Surgeries are typically an hour long, though longer slots may be available for complex projects or those focussed on national priority areas. Surgeries are staffed by two senior College researchers with a broad range of experience designing and undertaking research in policing.

Slots at surgeries are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Surgeries take place at College sites around the country on a rolling basis. If you are unable to attend in person, video and teleconferencing facilities are available at all sites.

If you think that a Research Surgery could help you with any of your research and evaluation needs then why not request a slot at one of the upcoming Surgeries listed below?

Where and when are Surgeries taking place?

We have now confirmed the programme for Research Surgeries through to December 2021:

​8 September 2021​9.00 am - 5.00 pm​SKYPE/Teleconference​Yes
​6 October 2021​9.00 am - 5.00 pm​SKYPE/Teleconference​Yes
​3 November 2021​9.00 am - 5.00 pm​SKYPE/Teleconference​Yes
​8 December 2021​9.00 am - 5.00 pm​SKYPE/Teleconference​Yes

Slots at surgeries are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. We will update this table when a Surgery is full.

How do I book a Surgery session?

If you would like to request a slot at one of the surgery sessions, please download and complete the Research Surgery request form and email this to the College Research Team at

Prior to confirming your booking, a member of the research team may wish to arrange a short, five minute conversation with you by telephone to discuss your requirements and make sure that a research surgery is the appropriate service for your requirements. Please do not make any travel or accommodation bookings until your research surgery booking is confirmed.

Are you conducting a survey as part of your research? If so you may find the top tips document below helpful.
The research team are working on more guides to support those undertaking research and more will be uploaded soon.

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