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Social prevention of drug related harms (SOCPREV)

Research project DR/75 (Research action DR)


Persons :

  • Prof. dr.  PAUWELS Lieven - Universiteit Gent (RUG)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 15/12/2015-31/1/2018
  • Dr.  MAES Eric - Institut National de Criminalistique et de Criminologie (INCC)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 15/12/2015-31/1/2018
  • Dr.  MINE Benjamin - Institut National de Criminalistique et de Criminologie (INCC)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 15/12/2015-31/1/2018
  • Prof. dr.  VANDER LAENEN Freya - Universiteit Gent (RUG)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 15/12/2015-31/1/2018
  • Mme  DE KOCK Charlotte - Universiteit Gent (RUG)
    Financed belgian partner
    Duration: 15/12/2015-31/1/2018

Description :

Why SOCPREV?

SOcial prevention of delinquency is a crucial component of Belgian Strategic Plans for security and prevention. They constitute an important complement to more traditional prevention measures (Blumstein et al., 1978; Mackenzie, 2006) of whom we know they have unfortunately a limited impact (Gottfredson and Hirschi, 1990; Tonry and Farrington, 1995).

There are no studies on social prevention of crime, especially related to systematic and economic compulsive drug-related crime in Belgium (EMSA, 2015). This project aims to fill this gap and intends to provide information on the efficiency and impact of public measures.


Objectives

The aims of this research are twofold:
1. sketch the state of play of of the best and most promising practices at (inter)national level for the monitoring of social prevention programmes (systematic and economico-compulsive drug related crimes)
2. empirically analyse Belgian projects and provide guidelines for the follow-up and evaluation of such schemes


Methodologie

Several methodologies will be mobilised.
1. An (inter)national literature review relating to best practices in terms of social prevention of drug related crime, concentrating on : 1) charasteristics of authors of crime and mecanisms at play 2) a cost/benefit analysis of such programmes , 3) evaluation studies oriented towards the reduction of crime, more specifically targeting systematic and economic and ciompulsive motivations of crime;
2. qualitative interviews with (inter) national experts on social crime prevention to fill the gaps of the literature revview;
3. a systematic analysis of Belgian programmes in relation to best or most promising practices identified in the literature review
4. qualitative interviews with Belgian experts to fill the gaps


expected results
SOCPREV will contribute to the development of a well-grounded and evidence-informed drug-related crime prevention.


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