From Wilson et al. (2005)

Summarizing The Best Research

“What works to reduce crime?” is a crucial question for justice policymakers. But a single research study, even one that uses the highest quality methods and design, cannot tell us the answer. Traditional literature reviews can be constructed to support a certain viewpoint or focus on published studies that may report more favorable results.

Systematic reviews are different. 

They summarize the best available evidence on a specific intervention or policy using:

  •  transparent, comprehensive search strategies that identify published and unpublished research
  • explicit criteria for including comparable studies
  • systematic coding and analysis
  • quantitative methods for producing an overall indicator of effectiveness, where appropriate.

CEBCP’s Systematic Reviews Research Program works closely with the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group, an international network of scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating systematic reviews, to produce high quality reviews and improve methods of research synthesis. CEBCP Director David Weisburd and Systematic Reviews Co-Directors David Wilson and Charlotte Gill are all Campbell members.


Completed Systematic Reviews by CEBCP Team Members and Affiliates:

Visit our Current Projects page for a list of in-progress reviews by CEBCP team members