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Securing the knowledge: the 5Is framework for improving performance in crime prevention, security and community safety

Ekblom, Paul (2010) Securing the knowledge: the 5Is framework for improving performance in crime prevention, security and community safety. In: Seminar, 26th July 2010, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra. (Unpublished)

Type of Research: Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item
Creators: Ekblom, Paul

In crime prevention, security and community safety, attempts to replicate individual ‘success-story’ projects often end in implementation failure. And efforts remain divided—between situational and offender-oriented interventions, between cause, risk factor and problem-oriented approaches, and between justice/law enforcement and ‘civil’ prevention. The field is in poor shape to control everyday crime problems, let alone the challenges of terrorism, organised crime and techno-crime where preventers must continually out-innovate offenders and the upcoming disruptions from financial disarray and climate change.

Professor Paul Ekblom has developed an approach which seeks to change that. In the seminar, he will diagnose under-performance in terms of how practice knowledge is captured and transferred, fostering cookbook copying and stifling innovation; in concepts and terminology inadequate as tools for thinking and communication; and in the adoption of over-simple frameworks which, though useful for a quick start, soon constrain practitioners. He describes a specification for a fit-for-purpose knowledge management framework, confronting complexities of real-life prevention and helping practitioners select prior practice, replicate and innovate. He then introduces a process-based framework, 5Is, and related definitions and models of causation and intervention, designed to meet the specification. This material, described in a forthcoming book (Crime Prevention, Security and Community Safety using the 5Is Framework: Palgrave Macmillan) supplies the foundations for a working practical system of knowledge management and process evaluation that complements and extends the progress made in impact evaluation.

Official Website: http://www.aic.gov.au/events/seminars/2010/ekblom.aspx
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: crime prevention, community safety, 5Is framework, knowledge management
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Research Centres/Networks > Design Against Crime at the Innovation Centre (DAC)
Date: 26 July 2010
Event Location: Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 16:13
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2012 16:13
Item ID: 2957
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/2957

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