College What Works for Crime Reduction

The College What Works for Crime Reduction is part of a network of What Works Centres created to provide robust and comprehensive evidence that will guide decision-making on public spending.


The focus of the College What Works for Crime Reduction is on:

  • reviewing research on practices and interventions to reduce crime;
  • labelling the best available evidence on interventions in terms of impact on crime reduction, how they work, where they work, how to do it and economic cost. See the Crime Reduction Toolkit


  • providing Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and other crime reduction stakeholders with the knowledge, tools and guidance to help them target their resources more effectively.

The benefits

More informed decisions
Evidence is translated into practical insights that the police service and their partners can easily use

Better value for money
Guidance is clear, helping decision-makers to access and apply the evidence locally to make choices about where to spend and disinvest

Reassurance and accountability
Sharing knowledge about "what works" with the public helps build confidence in the police service and its crime reduction partners

Collaboration and partnership
Links are strengthened between the police service, crime reduction partners and the academic sector

Prevention, not reaction
Evidence is provided on the most effective approaches to help prevent crime

Next Steps

Visit the Crime Reduction Toolkit at