Evidence Café 1: Evidence Based Policing: The challenges of translating research evidence into practice (Lancashire Constabulary)

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 14:00 to 16:00

The first Evidence Café was run in Lancashire on the topic of evidence based policing and challenges of translating research evidence into practice. As part of its remit, this café piloted the methods used to run Evidence Cafés, particularly the methods used to stimulate discussion, to disseminate research, to collect and collate feedback from participants and to develop research engagement among police officers. In particular it explored the value of social media (Twitter @WeCops debate) as a forum for engaging with officers and identifying key issues which were subsequently explored during the Evidence Café.


Blackburn Greenbank Police Station Blackburn Lancashire BB1 3HT

Café Format

  • Start: 14:00
  • 5 minutes – Welcome attendees, summarise the structure, evidence based practice & introduce the speakers.
  • Dr Anne Adams gave a 5-10 minute presentation supported by handouts on Evidence Based Practice research in other domains, e.g. medicine, teaching. This information was broken down into top tips to trigger discussion on how these translate across (or not) to police practce.
  • 20 minute Break for coffee/buscuits, informal discussion on the topic
  • 1 hour group debate on issues emerging from presentations. Participants sitting in informal groups.
  • 15 minute summary of group discussions, faciliated by Evidence Based Champion, Eric Halford, and academics.
  • End: 16:00