Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice

The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ) is a joint venture between the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner  and the University of Northampton (UoN) to deliver evidence-based policy and practice across public safety services.

Colour Logo - High ResThe IPSCJ was launched on 29th April 2014 and became fully staffed in September 2014, bringing expertise across research methods, analytical tools and experience in working with policing, justice and victim services in particular.

The IPSCJ is delivering against the following set objectives:

  • Develop evidence-based solutions for public safety, crime and justice bodies and practitioners
  • Act as a laboratory to develop advanced understandings and appreciations both of victim, witness and service-user experience across public safety and the criminal justice system
  • Understand all levels of public safety and criminal justice activity, and the impact
  • Develop a world-leading understanding of the economics, inputs and outcomes of criminal justice and public safety activities
  • To translate evidence into practice across public safety, crime and justice approaches, services and interventions, embedding a clear relationship between evidence and the training and professional development delivered to leaders and practitioners across the field, including public, private and third sector agencies

The IPSCJ provides the following services to improve the delivery of policing and justice in Northamptonshire and to reduce the impact of victimisation on communities:

Applied research, evaluation and strategic analysis

  • High quality strategic analysis to deliver evidence-based decision making across public safety agendas, including for example process mapping, cost-benefit analysis and organisational diagnostics
  • Research and evaluation projects to understand ‘what works’ in preventing crime, investigating crime and helping those affected by crime to recover
  • Needs assessments and data review to inform commissioning of services, to ensure providers are held to account on their delivery of services to meet the needs of communities and victims and use of evidence-based methods to deliver outcomes

Insight into victims, witnesses and communities

  • Victim and witness experience and public perceptions survey programme
  • Qualitative, in-depth consultation with victims, witnesses and communities

Translation of evidence into practice

  • Knowledge Hub; sharing research findings and ‘what works’ in reducing crime and improving public safety services, enabling police officers, staff and partner agencies to benefit from clear, concise summaries of evidence across crime and public safety issues
  • Development of solutions to crime problems using evidence
  • Delivery of training to police officers, staff and partner agencies across the work programme; improving the knowledge, skills and practical application of evidence in public safety services

To find out more about the IPSCJ, click here.