Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy Attracts More Than 250 Attendees

Posted: August 19, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: August 18, 2011 at 9:01 pm

By Robin Herron

Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) joined forces with the Campbell Collaboration to host workshops and a Symposium on Evidence-Based Policy at Mason on Aug. 15 and 16, attracting more than 250 participants from around the world.

The symposium brought together leaders, scholars and practitioners in the fields of crime and justice, education, social welfare, international development and evaluation methodology for an array of panels, special workshops and plenaries.

Prior to the symposium, free workshops attracted capacity attendance on the topics of Evidence-Based Policing Leadership Training and Conducting Systematic Reviews − Introductory and Advanced Methods.

Through these events, the groups hoped to engage with their communities in an ongoing discussion about the development, use and improvement of evaluation research for decision making in public policy.

In addition, CEBCP awards were presented during the symposium by James Burch II, deputy director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and Kristina Rose, deputy director of the National Institute of Justice.

The 2011 Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame Inductions were

  • Ed Davis, commissioner, Boston Police Department
  • Frank Gajewski, former chief of police, Jersey City Police Department
  • Peter Martin, assistant commissioner, Queensland Police Service, Australia
  • Sir Denis O’Connor, Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary, United Kingdom
  • Ian Stewart, deputy commissioner, Queensland Police Service, Australia
  • Hubert Williams, president, Police Foundation

The Distinguished Achievement Award in Evidence-Based Crime Policy was presented to

  • Peter Neyroud, chief constable (retired), Thames Valley Police and NPIA; Cambridge University
  • Charles Wellford, professor, Department of Criminology, University of Maryland.

David Weisburd directs CEBCP, and Cynthia Lum is deputy director of the center, which is part of the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.

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