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Crime Prevention Award to AIC Researcher

CrimBrief The Official Blog of the AIC

04 November 2014

The AIC’s research manager of the Crime Prevention and Evaluation program, Anthony Morgan, was this year’s recipient of Adam Sutton Crime Prevention Award for a comprehensive guide on Crime Prevention Interventions for Local Government.

The award was presented at the recent Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference at Sydney University. Mr Morgan received the recognition for having written the best publication or report in the area of crime prevention in the past year.

This report presents a large-scale systematic review findings of more than 100 studies, undertaken in partnership with the NSW Crime Prevention Division and provides practical crime prevention guidance to local councils on effective responses to six priority crime problems in NSW, including alcohol-related violence, residential burglary, malicious damage and shoplifting.

The innovative methodology used to review studies combined elements of experimental and theory-based research designs and approaches to evaluation. This method placed greater emphasis on factors such as local context, the mechanisms underpinning an intervention and the requirements for successful implementation, alongside evidence of effectiveness.

In selecting a winning publication for the Adam Sutton award, the judges look for the extent to which nominated books and reports demonstrate pragmatic and workable solutions to Australasian crime problems, that reflect the values of a tolerant and inclusive society, and which are founded in theory and research on crime prevention.

Anthony Morgan’s main research interests over the years have been community-based crime prevention and program evaluation – he was also the lead author of the National Crime Prevention Framework, has developed performance frameworks for crime prevention and has conducted research into the use of CCTV and police and local government crime prevention.

The full title of the winning report is: Effective crime prevention interventions for implementation by local government. Research and Public Policy Series no. 120. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. Morgan A, Boxall H, Lindeman K & Anderson J 2012

 Anthony Morgan and Adrian Cherney

Anthony Morgan and Adrian Cherney, University of Queensland.

Posted: 04 November 2014 | | | | | |