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Australia chosen as top social science site

Media Release

14 August 2000

One of the world's leading collections of evidence based social science will be promulgated through an Australian website.

The Australian Institute of Criminology has agreed to an approach by the Campbell Collaboration's newly formed Crime and Justice Steering Group to host its website.

"The Campbell Collaboration is the social science counterpart to the Cochrane Collaboration (Medical and Health Sciences). Its role is to promote evidence based practice, and to focus on and communicate research which is evidence based" said Dr Adam Graycar, Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology. "This is a tremendous recognition of the Australian Institute of Criminology in research development and dissemination".

This website will contain the research evidence for crime reduction programs that have been demonstrated to work, and which have been evaluated. The importance for the social science community is that this is work that builds a bridge between social science and public policy, as much of the social science is picked up in the policy arena. An added benefit, said Dr Graycar is that social scientists will be able to expand their methodological skills by working through evaluative techniques.

"The offer to host the Campbell Collaboration website reflects the wide international reach and credibility of the Australian Institute of Criminology's website", Dr Graycar said.

The Collaboration was named in honour of the late American psychologist Donald Campbell. It will prepare, update and disseminate systematic reviews of high-quality evidence on the effects of social and educational interventions. More information about the Campbell Collaboration, including papers and reports is available at http://campbell.gse.upenn.edu.

The Crime and Justice Steering Group is chaired by Professor David P. Farrington of Cambridge University and includes representatives from Australia, Taiwan, Germany, Israel, Canada and the United States. Dr Peter Grabosky, Research Director at the Australian Institute of Criminology, is the Australian representative.

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