The Alliance for Useful Evidence advocates for experimental government and for services to test and evaluate new ways of working. We also promote the active transfer of research into practice, and partnerships between service providers and researchers.
This case study is an example of a front line service – police in Birmingham – implementing a randomised control trial, to assess the effectiveness of a programme, Turning Point, in reducing re-offending. Inspector Jamie Hobday talked about his experience of Turning Point at the November 2017 Evidence Champions Network event. Jamie says through being involved in the trial, police officers have become:
‘more thoughtful about the impact of police procedures on reoffending, more discerning about what evidence lay behind their activities, and more willing to consider working with researchers.’
We hope that the case study will encourage other services and sectors thinking about improving their practice through becoming involved in research.