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Review of major policy developments and evidence base: crime domain

Hirschfield, Alex, Johnson, Shane D. and Bowers, Kate J. (2001) Review of major policy developments and evidence base: crime domain. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    The evidence base review for the Crime Domain examined some of the leading theories
    used to explain the manifestation of crime (i.e. what makes some neighbourhoods and
    places more vulnerable to crime than others), presented information on levels of reported
    and unreported crime and discussed current policy initiatives aimed at preventing and
    reducing crime. Particular attention was paid to developments relevant to Area Based
    Initiatives (ABIs).
    The extent of the evidence base on ‘what works’ in crime prevention was then examined.
    Variations in the quality and robustness of the evidence base was discussed and examples
    of best practice were identified drawing upon the Home Office’s ‘Toolkits’ for crime
    prevention and a comprehensive review of crime prevention evaluation studies carried
    out for the US National Institute of Justice. The latter identified crime prevention
    strategies that work, those that are promising and those that demonstrably do not work
    (Sherman et al 1998).
    Current and forthcoming evaluations of crime prevention initiatives that NDC
    Partnerships might draw lessons from were identified and efforts to build a
    comprehensive evidence base on effective crime prevention measures (the Campbell
    Collaboration – www.campbell.gse.upenn.edu) were outlined.
    Lessons were identified for the NDC evaluation teams in terms of known problems and
    pitfalls in conducting crime prevention evaluations and in obtaining consistent crime
    data. Lessons for partnerships were also defined, particularly, in relation to project
    management, maximising the positive impacts of crime prevention interventions and
    partnership working.
    Where feasible and appropriate, the review also sought to identify the extent to which
    local authority areas with NDC programmes had been successful in securing funds
    through the Home Office’s Crime Reduction Programme. Particular attention was paid to
    the Reducing Burglary Initiative, Targeted Policing and the CCTV programme

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Applied Criminology Centre
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2011 16:24
    Last Modified: 08 Mar 2011 09:43
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/9715

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