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How Strong is the Evidence-Base for Crime Reduction End Users?

Tompson, L; Belur, J; Thornton, A; Bowers, K; Johnson, S; Sidebottom, A; Tilley, N; (2020) How Strong is the Evidence-Base for Crime Reduction End Users? Justice Evaluation Journal 10.1080/24751979.2020.1818275. (In press).

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Abstract

To support the development and implementation of evidence-based crime reduction, we systematically identified and appraised 70 systematic reviews of single crime reduction measures published between 1975 and 2015. Using the EMMIE framework, we find that the quality of reporting on the Effectiveness of crime reduction measures is reasonably strong, particularly in systematic reviews published by the Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations. In contrast, evidence concerning the Mechanisms underpinning a crime reduction intervention, the conditions that Moderate effectiveness, Implementation challenges and the Economic costs and benefits of crime reduction was largely absent from the assessed systematic reviews. We conclude that there is a distinct lack of systematic review evidence in crime reduction that currently speaks to the knowledge needs of practitioners (i.e., how to make an intervention “work” for them).

Type: Article
Title: How Strong is the Evidence-Base for Crime Reduction End Users?
DOI: 10.1080/24751979.2020.1818275
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/24751979.2020.1818275
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Crime reduction, EMMIE, evidence-based policing, meta-analysis, systematic review
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109071
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