Creating a ‘what works’ translational tool for police: a researcher-city government partnership

Cody W. Telep, Claudia Gross Shader

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In recent years, a number of translational tools have been developed in policing to make the growing research evidence base more accessible and useful for practitioners and policymakers. Here we focus on the creation of the ‘What works in policing?’ website, which resulted from a collaboration between a government agency in Seattle, Washington and researchers at George Mason University and Arizona State University. We describe the site in detail and its similarities to and differences from existing translation tools, as well as the rationale for a local government’s involvement in translational work. In particular we focus on efforts to link the site with the work of the Seattle Police Department through a case study approach. We review indicators that suggest the site is being well-utilized and close with thoughts on the future of translational work in policing and efforts to ensure translational tools are useful to practitioners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-616
Number of pages14
JournalPolice Practice and Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2019


  • Effectiveness
  • evidence-based policing
  • translation tool
  • what works

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law


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