The Campbell Collaboration praised Dr. Weisburd as an influential advocate of the use of experimental research in the field of criminology. He has played an instrumental role in advancing the use of evidence-based policy as it relates to policing, and has had a significant impact among policy-makers, practitioners and scholars in the field.
His groundbreaking work on hot spots policing has profoundly influenced policing practices in the United States and other Western countries. The work emphasized the role of place, not people, as a key focus for crime prevention efforts. This work has shown that focused police activities can reduce crime substantially in small geographic areas. Furthermore, his work established that this approach does not simply displace crime to other areas. Contrary to the intuition of both scholars and police practitioners, he found that the crime reducing effect of hot spot policing actually diffuses to the surrounding areas.
In addition to Dr. Weisburd’s aforementioned work, David has also been instrumental in fostering the development of the Campbell Collaboration and complementary evidence-based organizations. He was a founding member of the Campbell Crime and Justice Coordinating Group and served as a Co-chair from 2004 until 2012. He helped create the Academy of Experimental Criminology, which subsequently developed into a division within the American Society of Criminology. In 2005, he helped found the Journal of Experimental Criminology, which regularly publishes articles based on Campbell systematic reviews and other works related to evidence-based public policy
The Robert Boruch Award for Distinctive Contributions to Research that Informs Public Policy is named in honor of Robert F. (Bob) Boruch. Dr. Boruch was among the earliest and most vocal proponents for the increased use of randomized experiments to inform public policy decision-making, particularly in education. He spent most of his career on the faculties of the Graduate School of Education and the Statistics Department in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The Campbell Collaboration (C2) is an international research network that helps people make well-informed decisions by preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in education, crime and justice, social welfare and international development.
Dr. Lawrence Sherman, former director of research for the Police Foundation, received the Boruch Award in 2010.