Evidence-based policing maturity model

The evidence-based policing (EBP) maturity model is a self-assessment tool to help you to reflect on your progress in integrating EBP into your organisation.

The tool describes a set of typical features that characterise an evidence-based organisation at different stages or levels of development. The model was developed following an exercise to identify the best-available research on what characterises an evidence-based organisation in a policing context. It can be used by police organisations to reflect on current culture and behaviours in relation to EBP.

The model supports forces in progressing towards the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) Policing Vision by helping them to identify what activities and behaviours can be developed to increase levels of maturity in relation to EBP, and help embed it into everyday policing practice.

The model is presented as a matrix or table, and within each box there are a number of statements that describe examples of characteristics of an organisation at different levels of maturity. 

The College has produced two versions of the model: a printable A3 model that is designed to be completed as a hard copy and an online version which allows users to save comments, observations and actions.

We have also developed a user guide providing advice on how the model can be used to review and develop EBP in your team or organisation.

If you would like further information and/or support in using the model please contact whatworks@college.pnn.police.uk.


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