Public Safety Agencies are faced with a myriad of issues daily. As part of their duty to serve and protect, they need to plan and strategize how to approach these concerns. Resources and manpower can be limited, thus the need to employ the most effective and efficient methods in their mission to resolve the issues of their respective communities.
This is what this webinar aims to provide by discussing Evidence-Based Policy/Management. EBP is an approach that helps decision makers develop well-informed decisions based on various factors and evidences to create and implement effective and efficient policies.
Dr. Jeffrey Fox is Justice Clearinghouse’s esteemed guest. His public safety and law enforcement experience spans a career from different agencies as the US Army, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Commonwealth University and the Department of Homeland Security. He is currently a public safety trainer, educator, and consultant for Fox Public Safety.
Dr. Fox joins us as he dissects Evidence-Based Policy development, its critical components, characteristics, limitations and its application. He also stresses the importance of fostering relationships. Specific areas he unpacked on the webinar include:
- An understanding of the definition and objective of Evidence-Based Policy (EBP), and defining the meaning of evidence from an academic perspective.
- Clarifications and points to consider on the terms and concepts discussed throughout the webinar.
- What evidence-based medicine is and how this seemingly hard-science field fails to integrate evidence-based policy in doctors' practice.
- The difference between the concept of research from an academic and a practitioner’s mindset.
- The importance of EBP in general, and specifically for policymakers.
- The components of the policy process and/or cycle, and the EBP flowchart.
- The different factors that influence policy-making in the government sector.
- The five things that limit EBP from accomplishing the results needed.
- The key characteristics of an ideal policy-making process.
- Ways to encourage research and better use of evidence in policy-making.
- The types of analysis that are performed to measure the benefit of certain programs and/or policies.
- Steps to take to conduct systematic reviews.
- Types of documents used in policy-making document analysis.
- Conducting cluster analysis in policy studies using statistical methods.
- Barriers encountered that prevent integration of social sciences/the academe/universities and policy/government.
- Conditions that must be met to enforce an ideal evidence-based policy system.
- What evidence-based managers do in the process.
- The subjectivity of evidence and statistics in today’s socio-political environment.
- Case studies from various cities that demonstrate how EBP and research can be used to strengthen legislation and solve local issues like crime.
- Poll questions were asked before and after the webinar to check attendees’ familiarity with the concept, and their inclination to use the system in their respective agencies.
- Comments from attendees who’ve worked both on the academic and practitioner aspect of public safety and law enforcement weighed in their thoughts about EBP.
- Questions raised are on the practical application of EBP in specific scenarios and cases.