Evidence Café 10: Using the Evidence Typology to translate police data into useful knowledge (Hertfordshire Constabulary)

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 14:00

Police forces across the UK collect enormous amounts of data. This data is often simply reported as raw numbers. Though interesting, this does not make optimum use of data. This evidence cafe uses an Evidence Typology to review the data collected, assign meaning to it by turning it into information and knowledge, turning it into a useful resource and driver for change. 

The aim of this evidence café is to provide a way to use research from the fields of organisational learning and knowledge exchange to provide a route through the different sorts of information evidence collected by police forces, translating the four different types of raw data into useful and useable knowledge.  

The Evidence Typology

We present our evidence typology, explaining the difference between

  • Data: a string of digits e.g. 04052017
  • Information: data with meaning e.g. 04/05/2017 the local council elections
  • Knowledge: that can inform future actions, procedures and practices e.g. to be able to vote at the 4th May 2017 local elections you need to register to vote via the gov.uk website.

We go on to explain the characteristics of four different types of data; experiential, interpretive, procedural & empirical

We then then break-out into up to groups for the collaborative activity to classify police evidence using the Evidence Typology board and work on ways to use the knowledge generated through this process.