Centre's Inaugural Conference: Evidence into practice, 11th May 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 08:30 to 16:00

This exciting day conference (with an optional pre-conference workshop and evening speaker the day before) focused not only on the creation of research evidence but also its use to create change and innovation in practice. The conference welcomed police officers and staff, along with university academics, to debate and explore the creation and use of research evidence to improve policing.  There were posters on education and continuing professional development and research and knowledge exchange. 


The Open University Campus,
Walton Hall,

Pre Conference

Workshop aimed at PhD students, research fellows and prospective Senior Practitioner Fellows in particular but also anyone with an interest in undertaking policing research

"Measuring All That Matters in Policing Using Mixed Methods” Workshop, Professor Jack Greene, Northeastern University, Boston, USA

Public Leadership Perspectives: First in a summer series linked to the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area of the OU

"Why does evidence-based policing need evidence-based (police) management?", Professor Rob Briner, University of Bath with discussants: Professor Jack Greene, Northeastern University, Boston USA and Dr Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive, Oldham Council.   Chaired by Professor Jean Hartley.

The Conference programme included:

  • Programme
  • Peter Horrocks, Vice Chancellor, Open University's welcome
  • Dr Steven Chase, Chair of the Consortium's welcome

"Using our knowledge to create individual and organizational learning" Dr Steven Chase, Thames Valley Police.

"Social context and policing" Professor Jack Greene, Northeastern University, Boston, USA.

"Evidence based public service reform: rhetoric or reality?" Dr Carolyn Wilkins, Chief Executive, Oldham Council.

"Theory, evidence and engineering for police practice", Professor Nick Tilley, University College London.

"Policing in 2020 – An evidence-based profession", Francis Habgood, Chief Constable, Thames Valley Police.

Lightning talks:

"Leadership to create public value" by Professor Jean Hartley, The Open University

"Wellbeing" by Dr Ian Hesketh, Lancashire Constabulary and the College of Policing

"Evidence based practice and practice based evidence" by Dr Anne Adams, The Open University

"Signalling detection" by Professor Graham Pike, The Open University


"Operations Management" by Dr Paul Walley

"Learning resources: from Open Educational Resources (OERs) to Postgraduate Certificates and policing research" by Dr Liz Hartnett, Dr Gill Clough and Hannah Gore

"Game-based learning for police training in child Interviewing" by Dr Manuel Oliveira (from HighSkillz), Dr Anne Adams and Dr Jennefer Hart


Some of the presentations have been made available by clicking on the link.  Very soon, we will also make available video clips taken at the event.