Program evaluation results and research are important factors to consider when making programming, policy, and funding decisions. In a survey conducted by the Oregon Knowledge Bank, the vast majority of respondents (87 percent) agreed that information from research organizations is useful when solving crime and public safety problems. Yet for the most part, Oregon public safety professionals rarely if ever rely directly on research and evaluation studies. They reported that the research they come across is typically conducted outside Oregon, relevant to large urban agencies, and not easily adaptable to real-world problems.
The Oregon Knowledge Bank aims to provide a clearinghouse of relevant, practical criminal justice research studies and evaluations with a focus on programs operating in Oregon. Our analysts have gathered dozens of reports written by practitioners and academics in Oregon, then created concise summaries of the studies to highlight the findings and describe an intervention’s relative success or failure. And if you seek evidence from beyond Oregon, the National Research section links to useful and reliable resources.
Are you an academic, private, or government researcher and seek to disseminate your work to the OKB community? The OKB welcomes research submissions about public safety research conducted in Oregon or Washington. The OKB is also developing a researcher directory, which will facilitate connections and networking between researchers and practitioners.