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.

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.

What Works Centre for Crime Reduction

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 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.