Working closely with established public, industry, and research collaborators enables us to ensure the work we carry out remains current and is of strategic importance to policy and practice.

What Works Centre for Crime Reduction

Partners: College of Policing, Economic and Social Research Council, University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Birkbeck College, Dundee University, Surrey University & Cardiff University.

The government has selected the College of Policing to host the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction - part of a world-leading network of centres providing robust, comprehensive evidence to guide public spending decisions.

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction is working to:

  • review research on practices and interventions to reduce crime
  • label the evidence base in terms of quality, cost and impact
  • provide Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and other crime reduction stakeholders with the knowledge, tools and guidance to help them target their resources more effectively.

It is being led by a core team from the College of Policing, and supported by a "commissioned partnership programme" including Cardiff University and the Universities’ Police Science Institute, and has been jointly funded by the College and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Further information can be found on the What Works Crime Reduction website.

Administrative Data Research Centre Wales

Partners: Cardiff University, Swansea University, Bristol University & the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Administrative Data Research Centre Wales (ADRC Wales) is a collaborative venture between the Universities of Swansea and Cardiff. The Centre is part of the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN). The Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) has been created to make the vast amount of information collected by different government departments and agencies available for academic research.

This information, held by the government, is generally referred to as administrative data. It contains a wealth of information about our society. Social researchers can use it to analyse the impact of government policies, or find new explanations for what happens in our everyday lives.

The ADRN wants to help academic researchers have access to this information, while making sure the data collections are safe and de-personalised.

ADRC Wales provides support and facilities for researchers to carry out analysis using administrative data. The centre has access facilities based at both Cardiff and Swansea Universities.

Further information can be found on the ADRN webiste.

Productive Margins

Partners: Bristol University & Cardiff University

Community engagement needs radical re-design. All too often decision-making is top-down and decision makers do not adequately engage, deeming ‘community engagement’ a passive exercise. Communities are often only invited to comment on decisions which have already been made. Leaving isolated and excluded communities feeling even more powerless, adding to the dislocation between politicians and the electorate.

This new and exciting programme of research asks:

What happens when diverse communities and academics come together to re-shape engagement and work creatively with ideas that run through society, law, history and art?

Can the findings of this research help release creativity, knowledge and the passions within parts of society often on the margins of decision-making and power, to co-produce new forms of engagement and decision-making?

Further information can be found on the productive margins website.

South Wales Police

Community Policing - Harnessing The Power of Community Intelligence

The Universities’ Police Science Institute are conducting an ongoing programme of research to explore the application of community intelligence in the policing of priority areas across South Wales. The intelligence-led Neighbourhood Security Interview methodology (iNSI) is a well-established exercise within the South Wales Police Force which has received recognition at a national level. It captures the low level Signal Crimes that have a disproportionate impact on wellbeing of communities in the region. This in turn provides a more focussed view of communities, the issues they experience and the impact it has on their perceptions and behaviours.

London Borough of Sutton

Neighbourhood Security Interviews

UPSI have worked alongside the London Borough of Sutton (LBS) over a period of ten years (from 2007 – 2017) to deliver an annual community engagement exercise using the ‘intelligence-orientated Neighbourhood Security Interview’ (i-NSI) methodology.

Designed as an applied policing methodology, rather than a ‘pure’ research tool, the interview instrument is based upon the Signal Crimes Perspective, eliciting information from interviewees about the local problems that are generative of personal and collective insecurity. It is less concerned with collecting general attitudinal data than knowledge about and perceptions of what incidents are occurring locally and what community impacts they are having.

Individual ward level community intelligence reports are produced for tactical use by each SNT, together with a more strategic Borough report to aid wider strategic assessment and resource allocation.

At an operational level, all SNT sergeants are tasked with reviewing their community intelligence report prior to developing a ward ‘i-NSI Action Plan’ covering key problems and locations in that area. These plans are ‘owned’ by Neighbourhood Inspectors and SNT Sergeants’ are measured against them as part of their Performance and Development Reviews each year. Team resource allocation is driven by issues identified in their plan, with PCSOs tasked to i-NSI ‘hotspots’ when they have no other ward priorities to attend to. At a borough level, issues identified in the annual report are included in a ‘Control Strategy Appendix’ to the National Intelligence Model compliant Strategic Assessment. Additionally, an ‘i-NSI Action Day’ is attended by all partner agencies to explore ways of tackling the issues raised that year.

IBM: International Technology Alliance in Network and Information Sciences

Network and Information Sciences International Technology Alliance (ITA) is a collaborative research alliance between the UK Ministry of Defence (via the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Dstl), the US Army Research Laboratory, and a consortium of leading academic and industry partners, led by IBM.

The ITA program started in 2006 with the strategic goal of producing fundamental advances in information and network sciences that will enhance decision making for coalition missions, enable rapid, secure formation of ad hoc teams in coalition environments and enhance US and UK capabilities to conduct coalition operations.

Collaborative outcomes:

  • field experiment using ITA-generated technologies in conjunction with the 'Sentinel' social media analytics tool developed by Cardiff University to monitor community reaction to the 2014 NATO Summit hosted in South Wales
  • sensor assignment to missions (SAM), developing a system that can “match” a person’s information requirements in an emergency situation to available sensors, such as cameras, microphones, seismic monitors, or radiation detectors. This work is currently undergoing technology transition via the US Army Research Laboratory.

Violence Prevention Group, Cardiff Community Safety Partnership: World Health Organisation

The Violence Prevention Group is the operational arm of the University’s Violence Research Group and is a member of the World Health Organisation's Violence Prevention Alliance. As part of the statutory Cardiff Community Safety Partnership it is responsible for violence prevention across the capital city of Wales.

The Prevention Group's work is associated with a 50% reduction in violence-related emergency departmemt attendances in the County over the period 2002-2014. The Group has hosted visits from successive Home Secretaries and representatives of police forces, city governments and safety organisations from across the UK and overseas including from the Netherlands, the United States and Australia.

Collaborative outcomes:

  • using Emergency Department data for violence prevention (the Cardiff Model)
  • substitution of annealed with toughened and polycarbonate glassware
  • partnership approach to prevention which involves the police, city government and health working together.