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Evidence Cafes

November 7th, 2017 · No Comments

I’ve been working for the Centre for Policing Research and Learning for over 18 months now. I have run 10 Evidence Cafes over the first 12 months, and am tasks with running a further 12 over the next 18 months. Each Evidence Café aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, enabling police participants to explore how research might inform their practice, and giving academics access to practice-based insights on the research from practitioners. The exact format of each evidence cafe varies depending on what the research topic is and, to some extent, on the makeup of the attendees. An Evidence Cafe attended by senior officers and staff will run quite differently from one attended by the frontline. So far, we have run Evidence Cafes on a range of topics:

  • Evidence-based practice
  • Collecting first accounts from vulnerable child witnesses
  • Demand management
  • Translating vast amounts of data into information and then knowledge using the Evidence Typology
  • Digital forensics
  • Social media in policing
  • Ethical policing
  • Public leadership and political astuteness.

I’m going to use this blog to publish summaries of the different formats an Evidence Cafe can take, with brief descriptions of cafes of the different types and of the impacts from those cafes. For this first Evidence Cafe post, I am uploading the handy ‘How-To” guide that we have produced. This provides a flavour of what we are trying to achieve and of how to go about it. If you are interested (and ECs have been run in areas other than the police service) please get in touch via the Centre for Policing Research and Learning at

Evidence Cafe HowTo Guide

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