The German National Center for Crime Prevention (NCCP) is a newly established research institution for evidence-based practices in crime prevention. The institution prepares systematic reviews and research syntheses for selected crime prevention approaches and crime problems such as sexual offender treatment, juvenile repeated offender rehabilitation, right- and left-wing violence, hooliganism and the prevention of violent extremism.
Apart from the dissemination of research results, the NCCP carries out and commissions impact research in areas that lack scientific evidence of program effects. Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), for instance, encompasses a multitude of prevention measures. Yet, politicians and practitioners alike are still faced by a limited understanding of CVE programs' impacts despite their extensive promotion in many countries. As knowledge broker, the NCCP aspires to uncover research deficits in the field of crime prevention and translates research evidence into policy relevant Information.
Founded in 2016, the NCCP resulted from the recommendation of the task force “crime and security” of the Chancellor’s Expert Dialogue on Germany’s future and is currently in a three-year development stage. It is organizationally affiliated with the German Forum for Crime Prevention (DFK) and supported by an advisory committee and a steering board. Both boards include representatives from academia, policy, and practice.