'How to' research guides




​College of Policing Logic Model ​ ​

Do you need to evaluate a project, policy or tactic and don't know where to start? Or perhaps you have a problem to solve and need a framework to help plan your intervention?

A logic model can help with this and the College has produced a handy 'how to guide' and template to get you started.

A logic model helps you and your colleagues think critically about the links between your problem, your intervention and your measures of success to show how and why your intervention might work (not to mention, it can help you sell the potential value of your project to others!).

Logic Model 'how to guide'


Logic Model template


​The policing evaluation toolkit ​

​This is a practical toolkit which brings together evaluation design and implementation strategies that can be used by practitioners and researchers alike to ensure evaluations are designed in such a way that strong statements of causal impact can be made.

The policing evaluation toolkit


​ ​How to guide :  Conducting focus groups

​If you are planning to conduct a focus group for a research project then read our quick start guide on focus groups. The guide provides helpful tips and key considerations for each stage of the process and is ideal for anyone who wants an easy to read introduction to focus groups, or needs a refresher on best practices.

​Guide to conducting a focus group


How to guide:  Conducting research interviews  ​ ​

​This guide is an introductory level overview of how to conduct successful research interviews.  It includes hints, tips and key considerations at each stage of the process. At the end of each section there's a checklist of essential points. The guide aims to be short and accessible for busy practitioners and researchers who are considering using research interviews for the first time, or for those who would like a refresher.

Guide to conducting research interviews​


​Top Tips:  Constructing a survey ​

​If you are planning to design and administer a questionnaire as part of your research, read our short top tips guide.

The guide details practical things to ask yourself regarding designing, piloting and administering surveys and questions to help you avoid the most common pitfalls of survey research.                                                                                                                                               

Constructing questionnaires: Tips for designing, piloting and administering surveys and questionnaires


​ ​Information for systematic reviewers

The College of Policing has developed an information document to assist authors of systematic reviews in the reporting of findings to ensure maximum coverage on the Crime Reduction Toolkit. It sets out the key criteria for a review to be considered for inclusion on the Crime Reduction Toolkit. It also covers the different elements of EMMIE (Effect, Mechanisms, Moderators, Implementation, Economics), the evidence appraisal coding tool developed by academics at University College London. This identifies the main elements that the College is looking for in a review. Reviews that do not contain sufficient detail in several areas of the framework are likely to not be included on the Toolkit. ​

Reporting guidance: Writing a systematic review for inclusion on the Crime Reduction Toolkit

Crime Reduction Toolkit


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