A new Crime Prevention Evaluation Toolkit has been launched to assist Victorian councils evaluate the effectiveness of their crime prevention infrastructure projects that have been funded by the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention Program.

The evaluation toolkit, developed by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) in partnership with the Department of Justice and Community Safety's Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU), contains a guide and a number of resources and templates, such as sample logic models and cost-benefit analysis templates, which can be used to complete certain stages of the evaluation process.

The toolkit was launched at a recent workshop on evaluation skills for Victorian councils, organised by CCPU and facilitated by the AIC.

The workshop covered the principles, practices and issues associated with evaluating the effectiveness of infrastructure projects and was attended by grant recipients from the 2016-17 round of Public Safety Infrastructure Fund grants.

The workshop equipped attendees with the skills and tools to conduct quality evaluations of their projects, including the use of target, buffer and comparison zones, survey design, and cost-benefit analysis.

Feedback from workshop participants was very positive and 96 per cent of participants reported feeling confident they could apply aspects of the training to their work.

Applications for the 2017-18 Public Safety Infrastructure Fund are scheduled to open on 3 July 2017.

Download the Crime Prevention Evaluation Toolkit from the Community Crime Prevention website.

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