Cost-Benefit Analysis

Policing Project staff explore evidence-based policing in new editorial for Just Security

Policing Project staff explore evidence-based policing in new editorial for Just Security

How do we know what works in policing and what doesn’t? Often, the answer is, “We don’t.” As Policing Project Faculty Director Barry Friedman and extern Kate Mather explain in a new editorial for Just Security, evidence-based policing is still a niche approach struggling to find its place in mainstream law enforcement.

Policing Project Holds Conference on Cost-Benefit Analysis of Policing Practices

Which policies should police departments adopt?  On February 9 and 10, the Policing Project and the Police Foundation convened over twenty experts on policing practices and quantitative methods to explore one possible answer to this question: those policies whose benefits outweigh their costs.  [...]

Measuring the Intangible Impacts of Policing

Police departments around the country are increasingly using “bait” objects equipped with tracking devices to stop theft before it happens. The idea is simple: officers place a GPS tracker in an unattended car, laptop, or other object and wait for theft to occur. Once they are notified [...]

Brainstorming the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Policing

What is the psychological cost of being stopped by a police officer? What are the potential privacy costs of using license-pla­­te readers?

Elsewhere in government, questions like these would be a standard part of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) — a common procedure that attempts to identify and weigh [...]  

Policing Project Receives Grant for Cost-Benefit Analysis Initiative

The Policing Project is pleased to announce it has received a generous grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for a two-year initiative to improve the application of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to policing. This grant provides funding for efforts to advance the use of [...]