Robert C. Davis is the Police Foundation’s Chief Social Scientist. He has 30 years of experience in criminal justice research and evaluation, and was the Foundation’s research director from 2003-2006. Davis returned to the Foundation after working as a senior research associate at the Rand Corporation and as research director for the Police Executive Research Forum.
Davis has directed more than 35 projects on victimization, domestic violence, policing, crime prevention, immigration, courts, prosecution, and parolee reentry for federal and state governments, and private foundations. He has led projects with some of the nation’s leading law enforcement agencies.
At the Police Executive Research Forum and the Rand Corporation, Davis led research projects spanning areas from victimization to policing to transitional security. Projects included assessing factors that affect the solvability of homicide and sexual assault cold cases, conducting a national evaluation of victim’s rights clinics, identifying successful strategies to promote sustainability of justice reform programs, and creating a leadership training institute for the Dallas Police Department. He completed projects on subjects ranging from a review of international best practices in police performance measurement to an assessment of how to best oversee police in the nation of Liberia.
While research director with the Police Foundation, Davis led a project assessing the preparedness of retail shopping malls to a potential terrorist attack, and a review of the effect of intervention efforts in preventing a repeat of domestic violence.
He was a senior research associate at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York from 1998-2003. He led a project for the New York Police Department that surveyed more than 5,000 citizens each month in order to develop measures of citizen satisfaction with police interactions that could be used to hold precinct commanders accountable for service to the public. An expert in victims’ rights issues, Davis worked in a series of positions serving victims for nearly 20 years at the Vera Institute, for New York City, and for the American Bar Association.
He is the editor of the widely used book Victims of Crime, which is in its fourth edition. He has authored two books on crime prevention, is the editor of six books on crime prevention and victimization, and is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.
Davis received a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in experimental psychology from the University of Wisconsin.