Workshop 1

Workshops: Making Sense of Evidence and Research

Through a collaboration between Devon and Cornwall Police and the University of Exeter as part of a joint College of Policing and Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) project, a series of workshops are being held to enhance participants critical appraisal and experience in evidence-based practice applied to contemporary policing.

The main objective will be to provide police officers and staff with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage with research and research evidence in the course of their work. The workshops will be a mixture of plenaries and small groups in which participants will practice and develop their evidence-based knowledge and skills. 

These workshops will be modelled on those currently run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for the South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC).  PenCLAHRC has successfully delivered these workshops over seven years to participants drawn from across the public sector including health, local authority, and third-sector organisations; it also has a strong record in involving services users and members of the public and including them in workshops alongside professionals.

Four two-day workshops will be run over the course of the ExPERT project. Each workshop will be stand-alone with a new set of participants (up to 25 per workshop). The preliminary agenda is as follows:

 

Workshop programme

Day One — Middlemoor Police Headquarters (Exeter)

Official Welcome & Introductions

Why Evidence & Research Matter

Tea Break

Asking Research Questions

What constitutes 'good' evidence

Lunch Break

Paired breakout sessions:

Tea Break

Paired breakout sessions:

  • ‘What and Whether’ Studies
  • 'How and Why’ Studies

Wrap-Up Plenary & ‘Homework’ Assignment

Day Two — University of Exeter 

Introduction

Paired breakout sessions:

Tea Break

Paired breakout sessions:

  • How to Determine ‘What Works’
  • Where to Find Evidence for Evidence-Based Policing 

Lunch Break

Small group session: Doing Evidence-Based Research

Research ethics  

Tea Break

Focus on Local Practice & Use of Evidence

Looking Forward in Relation to Evidence-Based Policing

 

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