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The Criminology program in the School of Social Science is a world leader in promoting evidence-based policing. Evidence-Based Policing (EBP) is a paradigm for police (and the business of policing) to make policy, strategic and tactical decisions that are based on sound, scientific evidence. UQ researchers work closely with police agencies in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the world to implement new policies and practices, and conduct evaluation research in order to improve the effectiveness (and efficiency) of policing.
Researchers at UQ are involved in a wide variety of activities to promote evidence-based policies and practices, including
- Promotion and support for the Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP) (UK), Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP), American Society of Evidence-Based Policing and Canadian Society of Evidence Based Policing
- Active engagement with the American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology, and The Academy of Experimental Criminology
- Delivery of the Evidence-Based Policing Masterclasses
- Development of the Global Policing Database
The Criminology Head of Discipline, Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, is Editor-in-Chief of the flagship journal, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, which publishes the results of high quality experiments, quasi experiments and systematic reviews in criminology.
It is the official publication of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Experimental Criminology.
The journal is committed to:
- Advancing the science of systematic reviews and experimental methods in criminology and criminal justice.
- Encouraging submissions from scholars in the broad array of scientific disciplines that are concerned with crime and justice problems.
Members of the Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence-Based Policing (ANZSEBP) can subscribe to the journal at a discounted rate ($49.50).
To subscribe and pay for a subscription, click here.
Not a member of ANZSEBP? Click here to see if you are eligible.
Division of Experimental Criminology
The Division of Experimental Criminology (DEC) is one of eight divisions in the American Society of Criminology. The DEC seeks to promote and improve the use and development of experimental evidence and methods in the advancement of criminological theory and evidence-based crime policy.
Professor Lorraine Mazerolle was the elected Chair of the Division for 2014–2015.
Click here to join the American Society of Criminology and the Division of Experimental Criminology
Australia and New Zealand Society for Evidence-Based Policing
The Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP) was formed in April 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.
The ANZSEBP is a police practitioner-led Society established with the mission to develop, disseminate and advocate for police to use scientific research (“the evidence”) to guide best practice in all aspects of policing.
The ANZSEBP Chairperson serves on the Executive Board of the British Society of Evidence Based Policing, ensuring that the ANZSEBP works cooperatively with an international group of police to advance evidence-based policing.
The Society comprises both full members (current, serving police officers in Australia and New Zealand) and honorary members, including non-sworn police staff members, research professionals and others who aim to make evidence-based approaches part of everyday policing in Australia and New Zealand.
Click here to join the SEBP.
The UQ criminology team runs a series of Evidence-Based Policy and Practice Masterclasses which focus on:
- Building productive partnerships between policymakers, police and researchers
- Learning the mechanics of experimental evaluations (including randomised controlled trial [RCT] design, case flow, randomisation, and project management).
- Demonstrating how to select potential RCT-worthy initiatives, operational considerations, including funding, and legal/ethical considerations.
For more information, contact Lorraine Mazerolle, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UQ Criminology also offers a second year course titled “Evidence Based Crime Policy and Program Evaluation” – for more information, see the courses and programs study page.
The Campbell Collaboration (C2)
The Campbell Collaboration is a voluntary, non-for-profit, international research network that produces and disseminates systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in the social and behavioural sciences. Its mission is to enhance the evidence basis so that policymakers, practitioners, and service recipients are better equipped to make informed decisions. This can improve people’s lives, by improving the quality of public and private services. C2 summarises research in four inter-linked research fields: crime and justice, education, international development and social welfare.
The Crime and Justice Coordinating Group (CCJG) prepares and disseminates systematic reviews of high-quality research on methods to reduce crime and delinquency and improve the quality of justice.
The systematic reviews report on the effects of interventions that are:
- Aimed at the prevention, treatment or control of crime or delinquency
- Designed to improve the criminal justice system, including those relevant to forensics, police, courts, prison, probation
- Within both civil and criminal law.
To access Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews, click here.
Evidence-Based Policing Matrix
The Evidence-Based Policing Matrix was developed by Drs Cynthia Lum and Christopher Koper of George Mason University (US) and is hosted on the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) website. The Matrix is a tool that visually organises evaluations of police interventions. To access the Matrix, click here.
What Works Centre for Crime Reduction
The UK College of Policing has produced an online Crime Reduction Toolkit that provides easy access to the evidence base on crime reduction. To access the Toolkit, click here.
This US National Institute of Justice website uses research to inform policymakers and practitioners about what works, and what doesn’t, in crimnal justice programs and practices. To access the website, click here.
Annual Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (SEBP) Conference
The 2016 Annual SEBP Conference will be held in Manly at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st April 2016.
Conference registration is $600 for 2 days and includes
- All day tea and coffee/ morning and afternoon tea
- Buffet Lunch
- Dinner on Wednesday night.
Accommodation is available at AIPM and costs $200 per night.
You can register to attend the annual conference and book accommodation at AIPM by clicking here.
To find out more information, the 2016 conference agenda can be found here.
For further information on registration and accommodation at AIPM, please contact
Tel: +61 7 3365 3472
Mobile: + 61 438 758 083
For general enquiries, please contact:
Tel: +61 7 3365 3472
Mobile: + 61 438 758 083