By Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds
The N8 PRP philosophy is that those who are going to use research and apply the knowledge base should be involved in building it by actively co-producing the evidence. In this light, we are delighted to announce the outcome of second round of Research Co-production Small Grant Awards for 2017/18. The quality of the competition was once again exceptionally strong with a large number of excellent proposals from teams of policing practitioners and researchers across the north of England, but also including collaborations beyond the core partners of the N8 PRP. We are particularly pleased to have been able to make five awards (details below) for a range of cutting-edge projects that will undoubtedly produce fascinating and valuable findings. The projects bring together teams of innovative practitioners working closely with research scholars that are forging cross-institutional and cross-force collaborations. Each of the five projects are seeking to grapple with pressing policing challenges and to advance our understanding and knowledge of how to deliver outcomes that make a difference on the frontline to the public.
As well as the richness of the projects themselves the following factors strike me as noteworthy. First, it is impressive that a significant number of the proposals (four of the five) are linked to different aspects of the N8 PRP thematic of ‘domestic violence and abuse’ (which was the subject of last year’s Policing Innovation Forum) in ways that are eminently complementary. The N8 PRP management team therefore will work closely with the team to ensure appropriate synergies are develop to enhance any added value. We will also look to bring the teams together at appropriate times to share emerging findings. Secondly, it is pleasing to see that as well as police and academic partners, some of the projects are drawing on the expertise of other civil society and non-police organisations. Moreover, in keeping with our ambitions to be inclusive of those working outside of the core N8 PRP, it is gratifying that more than one project includes (and in one case is led by) non-N8 PRP member institutions. We look forward to hearing more about the projects as they develop whilst also planning for the launch of the call for the third round of the Small Grants toward the end of the year. Finally, I would like to thank all of those individuals and teams who both submitted applications (including those unfortunately we were unable to fund) and those involved in the review and assessment process.
Seventeen applications were received for the 2016/17 round with an overwhelming number linked to the Policing Innovation Forum. It was evident that applicants had thought more clearly about the aspects of collaboration and co-production this year with many of the proposals having numerous agencies make up the research cohort.
Five projects have been funded in year 2 with the partnership providing almost £100,000 of seed-corn funding to support research into urgent areas of police work:
The Manipulative Presentation Techniques of Control and Coercive Offenders;
(Cheshire Constabulary, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool)
Policing Drugs in North Yorkshire;
(North Yorkshire Police, University of Leeds)
Police officer Responses to Coercive Control;
(Merseyside Police, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool, University of Central Lancashire, Women’s Aid)
Exploring the impacts of Body Worn Video in Incidents of Domestic Abuse;
(Cumbria Constabulary, West Yorkshire Police, University of Leeds)
Innovation in Policing Domestic Violence: Understanding Success.
(North Yorkshire Police, Northumbria Police, West Yorkshire Police, Durham University, Northumbria University)