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Unlocking the investment returns of effective crime reduction programmes: why particular interventions work, and how they can be implemented effectively in the UK context

Publication date: Feb 11, 2013 2:11:04 PM

Start: Oct 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM



Jacqueline Mallender, CEO Matrix Knowledge

Governments across the world invest in interventions to promote law and order, prevent crime and reduce offending.  In recent years, international research has evolved which demonstrates the effectiveness, or otherwise, of these interventions (see for example http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/coordinating_groups/index.php).  Current and recent Departmental and Cabinet Office initiatives demonstrate that UK policy makers are keen to develop and share knowledge in this field and to understand why particular interventions work, and how they can be implemented effectively in the UK context (see for example the recent discussion with stakeholders about “what works centres”).. Increasingly foundations (such as the Monument Trust) are also looking at effectiveness when considering funding applications from third sector innovators seeking to develop new interventions in this field. As outcome-based contracting develops, commissioners and providers of for correctional services in the UK will need to ensure that evidence of effectiveness underpins service delivery agreements and associated financing. Interventions also cost money. Policy makers are increasingly looking beyond the impact on crime and re-offending and are asking about value for money, affordability, and funding priorities. Initiatives such as the Social Finance Bond are being promoted by government as a means of unlocking the investment returns of effective crime reduction programmes and enable effective interventions to receive much needed seed funding. The lecture will provide an introduction to this issue and how economic methods in this area are being developed. Some case studies will be presented to show economic analysis of crime interventions and crime programmes will be presented.

Bio: Jacqueline is CEO of Matrix Knowledge and is an international health and welfare economist with over 30 years’ experience. She started her career as a government economist in the UK, firstly in the Department of Health and subsequently as the Health Economic Advisor in H.M. Treasury. Jacqueline then worked as an economist with Coopers and Lybrand before leaving to found MHA a specialist health economics consultancy working in the NHS and which was the foundation of Matrix Knowledge (TMKG Ltd). During her career she has worked in fields of health, crime and justice and education in the UK and internationally. She is a convenor of the joint Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group and is on the Steering Committee of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Group.