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May 27, 2019

One of the common refrains I hear from those skeptical of the usefulness of science to answer both everyday and so-called wicked problems is a sense of frustration with academics because we never tell you that something works with 100% accuracy. We hedge our bets.


May 20, 2019

This week CAN-SEBP officially launched Square 1 (as in, if you're doing evidence based policing, here's a good place to get started).

What is it?

It's what we call a rapid assessment tool for police programs. Before, when someone was trying to figure out the evidence...

May 13, 2019

I teach a graduate seminar in qualitative research methods, which presents an excellent opportunity to not only share my knowledge with others, but to refresh that knowledge, and even learn a few new tricks. One of my favourite topics is how to find and use preexisting...

May 6, 2019

What word is that? It’s INNOVATION.

According to the handy online dictionary, it means:

Now why on earth would I write a research blog post on the definition of a word, you ask? Because this word has been bandied about frequently as an excuse for why some programs remain...

April 29, 2019

I thought it was time to provide a bit of an update on how things are going for the EBP Working groups at VicPD and London Police. Let's start with Victoria:

The EBP group here has been busy. As you may recall, they're working on a research project looking at sexual a...

April 22, 2019

One Sunday morning a friend of mine, who happens to be in policing AND an apparent glutton for punishment, messaged me on Twitter to complain about an academic article I had retweeted. In a nutshell, he expressed a sentiment with which I am particularly sympathetic: 'w...

April 15, 2019

"And bad mistakes ...
I've made a few"

When CAN-SEBP started in 2015, the policing research landscape in Canada was pretty bleak. With the exception of some academic activity here and there, there really wasn't a lot going on. Why? Because, as I've detailed elsewhere, s...

April 8, 2019

One of the most persistent complaints about evidence-based policing – against academic research altogether – is its existence behind paywalls. Most police services, or individual police practitioners, do not have the funds for subscriptions to academic databases or to...

April 1, 2019

Let's tackle something head on:  those of you who have felt that evidence based policing is just the newest policing fad are correct.

Yes, you're correct. As much as it pains me to say this, it HAS become the buzz term du jour. Everyone's doing it. Especially those wh...

March 25, 2019

A while back I read an article that referenced CAN-SEBP's work and suggested very little work has been undertaken to increase the number of evidence based initiatives here in Canada. This is actually not the case, nor has it ever been. The error is likely the result of...

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