Acting and working according to what the evidence indicates to be effective is an important part of taking a public health approach. This does not preclude innovation in seeking to improve work, but we should use evidence to inform what elements have been shown to be effective, or ineffective, elsewhere.
We can suggest a variety of sources to learn about how to use evidence, as well as in accessing evidence, such as evaluation material.
The Early Intervention Foundation hosts a library of evidence, particularly their searchable ‘Guide Book’ to evidence for a range of early intervention work with families.
The World Health Organization’s Violence Info site hosts a global evidence database
The Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moore’s University has a searchable database for evidence relating to violence prevention
The Royal Society for Public Health has an evidence hub for taking a public health approach to policing, crime and violence
The Alliance for Useful Evidence champions the smarter use of evidence and has a range of resources.
- Preventing serious youth violence – what works
- World Health Organization – Preventing Youth Violence
- Faculty of PH – role of PH in violence prevention