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- transparent, comprehensive search strategies that identify published and unpublished research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 team members David Weisburd, Charlotte Gill, and David Wilson all serve on the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group Steering Committee (David Wilson is the co-chair and editor, Charlotte Gill is co-editor, and David Weisburd is a former co-chair).
See systematic reviews completed by our team members and affiliates at our Current and Completed Projects page.
Ms. Zoe Vitter
News and Announcements
- The workbook from the Evidence-Synthesis Workshop held on day one of the CEBCP Annual Symposium is now available.
- David Wilson, Co-Director of the Systematic Reviews Research Program has been awarded the Mosteller Award for Distinctive Contributions to Systematic Reviewing from the Campbell Collaboration.
- Campbell Crime and Justice Group partners with COPS Office to bring rigorous systematic reviews to police practitioners
- The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced that it will continue its publication partnership with the Campbell Crime and Justice Group, with which CEBCP’s Systematic Reviews Program is affiliated. The COPS Office publishes abbreviated versions of Campbell reviews on policing, specifically designed and formatted to appeal to law enforcement practitioners and stakeholders. Access previous COPS/CCJG publications here and watch this space for new publications in the coming months!
- The 12th Annual Jerry Lee Crime Prevention Symposium was held April 23-24 and featured the work of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group.
- The Campbell Collaboration Colloquium was held May 29-31, 2012 and included a plenary address by Cynthia Lum.
- The CEBCP-Campbell Collaboration Joint Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy took place on August 15-16, 2011. Research in the area of education, social welfare and international development was presented concurrently with the CEBCP crime and justice symposium. Videos from the introductory methods workshop and advanced methods workshop are available as well as presentation slides from the workshops.
- David Wilson’s Effect Size Calculator has now been updated and is available here. It features over 40 ways to calculate effect sizes for meta-analysis!
- CEBCP and the Campbell Crime and Justice Group had several relevant panels at the 2010 American Society of Criminology conference.
- 2010 Joint Colloquium of the Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations: Bringing Evidence-Based Decision Making to New Heights