Create an easy global searching facility for police, policy makers, researchers and students to access robust policing evaluation research to inform evidence-based and fair policies and practices.
History of the GPD
With foundation funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), building the GPD repository started in 2013 as a collaborative effort between Lorraine Mazerolle, Angela Higginson and Elizabeth Eggins all working at the time at The University of Queensland (UQ). Mazerolle, Higginson and Eggins identified the lack of a central repository that captured impact evaluations of police and policing interventions during efforts to undertake a number of Campbell Collaboration Systematic Reviews. Foundation funding to establish the GPD was provided by Professor Mazerolle through her ARC Laureate Fellowship (2010-2015). Later, funding was provided by the UK College of Policing (2014-2015, 2016, 2018) and other agencies to continue our harvesting, screening and development of the GPD.
The ongoing work to conduct annual harvest updates, screen, process and code research studies in the GPD has been funded by 22 different government and industry stakeholders through a multitude of targeted data extractions, rapid reviews, systematic reviews, Evidence and Gap Maps (EGMs) and commissioned reports. The relationships with our national and international stakeholders has generated many significant research products that have established the GPD as a credible, novel and useful resource.
- International funding partners include the UK College of Policing, London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, Public Safety Canada, US Department of Homeland Security, The Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Campbell Collaboration, Hebrew University, the University of Waikato, New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Evidence-Based Policing Centre.
- Australian national funding sources include the Australian Research Council, Australian Institute of Criminology, Federal Department of Justice & Attorney General, Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, The University of Queensland, Queensland Police, Victoria Police, South Australia Police, Australian Federal Police and the Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing.
These funding sources allowed the GPD team to secure and retain highly-skilled research staff for the GPD’s development.
Since 2015, the GPD Internship Program (created by and led by Dr Elizabeth Eggins) has been a significant workforce contributor through 156 participants across five categories: 135 GPD Interns at The University of Queensland, 19 Griffith University placements, and 2 international Interns.
In the decade since its inception, the GPD has undergone exponential growth, harvesting and screening close to 300,000 research studies.
GPD Leadership Team
Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow (2010-2015) in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland (UQ) and co-founder of the GPD.
Lorraine is an internationally acclaimed policing scholar. She is a fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (ASSA). She is the recipient of the Distinguished Criminologist Award from the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2020), Jerry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of Experimental Criminology (2019), Partners in Research Excellence Award from the University of Queensland (2019), Distinguished Achievement Award, Center for Evidence Based Crime Policy, George Mason University (2019), ASC Sellin-Glueck Award (2018), ASC Division of Policing Distinguished Scholar Award (2016), Academy of Experimental Criminology Joan McCord Award (2013), and the ASC Division of International Criminology Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award (2010). Lorraine is a leading scholar in evidence-based policing having served as co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration Crime (2016-2020) and Justice Steering Committee and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Experimental Criminology (2014-2018).
Using funding from her Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, Lorraine worked with co-founders Higginson and Eggins to design and build the GPD repository of studies in order to capture impact evaluations of police and policing interventions from across the globe.
Lorraine is an internationally recognised and awarded experimental criminologist who has been acknowledged as one of the ten most influential criminologists in the world over the past decade (Academic Influence, 2020).
Her contributions have been recognised in The Australian Social Sciences Australia’s Research Field Leaders publication (2018, 2019) as the national leader in the field of criminology, criminal law and policing. Lorraine has worked with national and international colleagues to produce evaluation evidence on third party policing, drug law enforcement, police stops, situational crime prevention, criminal justice responses to child sexual abuse, street level drug enforcement, multiagency programs for reducing radicalisation to violence among others.
Research Manager in the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland (UQ) and Operations Manager of the GPD.
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Associate Professor in the School of Justice, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education and Social Justice at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and co-founder of the GPD.
Angela’s research has largely focused on the effectiveness (or potential for harm) of policing strategies, and she has a particular interest in evaluation through systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Angela designed and provided methodological oversight on the GPD and co-authored its foundational software (SysReview) that underpinned the GPD for a decade. Angela’s international reputation in evidence synthesis methodologies has been recognised by her appointment as Editor (Crime and Justice) for Campbell Systematic Reviews (2018-present) and co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice Steering Committee (2021-present).
Angela served as Associate Editor (Systematic Reviews) for the Journal of Experimental Criminology (2014-2018) and is a current member of the journal’s Editorial Board. She held an ARC DECRA fellowship (2018-2022) and is the current President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (2022-present).
Associate Professor and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Information Technology and Electrical Engineering School at The University of Queensland, an Affiliate Associate Professor at the UQ Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine, a Visiting Principal Scientist at Queensland Health, and collaborator in the GPD.
Guido has collaborated on designing and implementing a backend search system for the GPD at the University of Queensland since 2022. Additionally, he leads the Information Engineering Lab (ielab), a research team working in Information Retrieval and Health Data Science. Guido’s main research interests are Information Retrieval, Health Search, Formal Models of Search and Search Interaction, and Health Data Science.
He has successfully attracted funding from the ARC via an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award Fellowship and an ARC Discovery Project. His research has also been funded by Google (Google Research Awards program), Grain Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Microsoft (Microsoft Azure for Research Award), the CSIRO (research gifts and PhD Students Top-up scholarships), the Australian Academy of Science (FASIC program), the European Science Foundation, and Neusoft Corporation.
University of Queensland Research Support Team
GPD Research Assistants
Our fully-trained research staff undertake GPD searching, screening and coding activities.
GPD Technical Team
- Hang Li – PhD student, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
- Jonathan Hadwen – Research Web Developer, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Computing Centre
Our technical support team are instrumental in developing and maintaining the GPD infrastructure.
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Funders and Collaborators
The GPD is grateful to the extensive network of industry and government partners that have contributed research funds to support the building of the GPD throughout the past decade, including:
Australia and New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing
Australian Federal Police
Australian Institite of Criminology
Australian Research Council
Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women
Department of Justice & Attorney General
New Zealand Evidence-Based Policing Centre
Queensland Police Service
Queensland Public Safety Business Agency
Public Safety Canada
South Australia Police
The Campbell Collaboration
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation
The University of Queensland
The University of Waikato
UK College of Policing
US Department of Homeland Security
Former Colleagues, Students and Interns
Our thanks to the following past GPD research colleagues and team members
Dr Elizabeth Eggins – Co-Founder, GPD Manager & Internship Manager (2013-2021)
Lorelei Hine – Internship Manager (2018-2022) & GPD Manager (2021-2022)
Kathleen De Rooy
Liz Van Den Keiboom
Rebecca Del Toro
William Stobo Yu-Ting (Vivian)
Yen Yan Lam Lo
Student Interns and Work Experience Students
Student internships in the GPD have been accepted since 2015 with students in tertiary programs at UQ, QUT and Griffith. UQ Winter Research Scholarship program and international internships have also been an avenue for students to gain experience in the GPD screening methods. Some of our interns and work experience students have moved into positions in the research team. We thank all of the students below for their support of the GPD.
Ayu Namira Paramecwari
Kathleen De Rooy
Lisa Huihui Guan
Liz Van Den Keiboom
Rebecca del Toro
Xue Chen (Cher)
Yu-Ting (Vivian) Yen