Innovation and Impact success for SOCSI research
22 May 2013
Two research projects at the School of Social Sciences have been recognised at this year’s prestigious Innovation and Impact awards.
Professor Martin Innes, Doug Liversidge (CEO of Fusion IP) and Peter Vaughan (Chief Constable, South Wales Police)
Pioneering UPSI research which prompted a major drug operation and changed policing was recognised for its impact, winning the Award for Social, Cultural or Policy Impact; and a ten-year DECIPHer study that reduced the uptake of smoking among adolescents was awarded the Innovation in Healthcare Award.
Led by Professor Martin Innes, the Universities’ Police Sciences Institute (UPSI) research has provided an evidence base about how the police can engage effectively with communities and helped crack down on serious drug-related crime in South Wales.
Over the last six years, Professor Innes’ work has improved the outcomes achieved by South Wales Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Teams; fundamentally changed the policing of antisocial behaviour across England and Wales; and informed the ‘Prevent’ counter-terrorism strategy for the UK and overseas.
Based on the research, South Wales Police embarked on a major drug operation, known as Operation Michigan which resulted in 184 individual arrests, prison sentences totalling 200 years, six kilos of heroin, crack and cocaine being seized, a 36 per cent reduction in acquisitive crime and a 25 percent reduction of acts of antisocial behaviour.
Professor Rona Campbell and Professor Laurence Moore
The second award recognised the success of the DECIPHer (Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement) ASSIST programme, led by Professor Laurence Moore and Professor Rona Campbell of the University of Bristol, in partnership with DECIPHer Impact Ltd.
The ASSIST programme was evaluated in a large-scale randomised trial funded by the Medical Research Council. It devised and tested processes to effectively identify and use influential students to promote smoke free as a positive choice through conversations and social networking.
In 2008 the programme was rolled out across Wales, in Tower Hamlets Borough Council and NHS Bristol. To support the roll out, Cardiff and Bristol Universities set up DECIPHer Impact Ltd and the ASSIST programme was exclusively licensed to the spin-out company.
The Innovation and Impact Competition is organised by the Cardiff University Innovation Network; the business/university network established in 1996. They provide an opportunity for Cardiff academic staff to showcase their innovative collaborations with business and other non-academic organisations, demonstrating the positive impact that universities can have on economy and society.