Evidence Champions Network

Bringing together police forces and facilitating their efforts to develop and embed evidence into everyday policing.

* This graphic illustrates the breakdown of EBP-related activity carried out by force Evidence Champions

The College of Policing supports a network of evidence champions who work in police forces in England and Wales to help to embed evidence-based policing (EBP). This page provides some information about them and what they do.

Who are the evidence champions?

Evidence champions are police officers or staff members from a variety of roles and ranks / levels from forces across England and Wales. The amount of time they spend on EBP activities, and the specifics of their role, varies across police forces but they usually fall into one of the following three categories:

  • Take overall responsibility for the development of EBP within their force
  • Are active in promoting and supporting EBP locally and are likely to have some responsibilities as part of their formal role, although do not have overall responsibility
  • Maintain an interest and involvement in the development of evidence-based approaches but do not have any formal responsibility for EBP in their force.

 What do they do?

Evidence champions carry out a number of activities according to their role, including (but not limited to):

  • Developing local EBP strategies and identifying priority areas for research
  • Conducting research such as the evaluation of interventions and literature reviews
  • Collecting and publishing local research reports and studies
  • Engaging with staff to explain the principles of EBP and how they can use it
  • Collaborating with partner academic institutions on research projects
  • Developing useful sources of information such as EBP intranet pages

 What is the Evidence Champions' Network?

The Evidence Champions' Network is a forum for those who are involved with or interested in EBP. It is an informal group, facilitated by the College but owned by its members. Membership of the Network includes access to an online community which facilitates discussions and allows champions to raise issues, ask questions and collaborate with Champions from other forces.

The College is keen to support and develop the Network and find out about the ways in which different police forces have implemented EBP in order to share ideas about successes and understand limitations and barriers. Work to develop the network is part of a range of projects which are designed to support champions in forces. These projects include the evidence-based policing maturity model, the Crime Reduction Toolkit and the Research Map

The Evidence Champion Network develops as new champions become involved and as police force priorities change. We are seeking suggestions about how we can continue to support the Network to meet the needs of all of its members and encourage more participation and knowledge sharing.

How can Evidence Champions help you?

  • If you are carrying out your own research, as part of a higher education programme, your force evidence champion might help you to get in touch with other staff carrying out further study, research or other contacts who can help you – we also suggest that if your project is at masters level or above you add it to the Research Map.

  • Your evidence champion might help you to develop a clearer understanding of EBP by directing you to relevant local or national resources – we also suggest that you refer to the Crime Reduction Toolkit for a summary of the best-available evidence.

  • An evidence champion might be able to provide you with examples of putting evidence into practice in your police force or another force in your region – this might be useful for research purposes or might help to prepare you for career progression

Need more information? If you are interested in joining the Network or would like to find out how to find and contact your evidence champion, email evidence.champions@college.pnn.police.uk 

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