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Implementing information science in policing: mapping the evidence base

Bowers, KJ; Tompson, L; Johnson, S; (2014) Implementing information science in policing: mapping the evidence base. Policing : A Journal of Policy and Practice , 8 (4) pp. 339-352. 10.1093/police/pau052. Green open access

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Abstract

In many disciplines there is a wealth of primary evaluation research on what works, and systematic reviews that synthesise that evidence. This is, of course, extremely positive. However, the sheer scale of the information and the way in which it is indexed and presented can mean that it is difficult for practitioners to locate the best available evidence. For this reason, in health, education and other disciplines, using techniques from information science, researchers have systematically assembled databases such as those hosted on healthevidence.org and educationendowmentfoundation.org which bring together the most reliable evidence. Hitherto, no such database has existed for crime and criminal justice interventions. This paper sets out some of challenges and early findings of one exercise which aims to produce such a database, being completed as part of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction (WWCCR) initiative in collaboration with the College of Policing.

Type: Article
Title: Implementing information science in policing: mapping the evidence base
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/police/pau052
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pau052
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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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/1458252
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