CREDOS is an international network of researchers, and policy and practice partners in research, who share a common interest in the effective development of offender supervision.
As outlined by Pamela Ugwudike, Peter Raynor and Jill Annison in the introductory chapter to the recently published edited book ‘Evidence-Based Skills in Criminal Justice: International Research on Supporting Rehabilitation and Desistance‘, “Members of CREDOS have, over the years, worked hard to promote international knowledge transfer and the network was founded in 2007 after discussions at the European Society of Criminology conference in Tübingen in 2006. The initial suggestions came from Chris Trotter after a presentation on his research in Australia (Trotter and Evans 2012) and one from Peter Raynor about the skills research that was planned in Jersey, which later became the Jersey Supervision Skills Study (Raynor et al. 2014); Ugwudike et al. 2014). Further discussion with Fergus McNeill led to contacts with other interested researchers and a plan to launch a research network.
The initial organisers of CREDOS were Fergus McNeill, Peter Raynor and Chris Trotter, and the first conference was organised in Prato in Italy, where Chris Trotter was able to arrange use of Monash University’s European Centre. This first conference was attended by a mixture of academics and practitioners from several different countries, and this has been a continuing feature of the network’s activity. Regular conferences have taken place in locations as diverse as Australia, Lithuania and the US, and the research done by members has appeared in several books and a large number of articles. The original Prato conference of 2007, as well as deciding the name of the organisation, produced a statement of aims:
CREDOS aims to support, encourage and engage in high quality, collaborative and comparative research and scholarship exploring:
- How best to measure effectiveness in offender supervision
- The nature and features of effective offender supervision
- The characteristics, styles and practices of effective offender supervisors
- The qualities and features of effective relationships between offenders and those that work with them
- The social, political, cultural, organisational and professional contexts of effective offender supervision and how these contexts impact upon it
In pursuing this agenda, CREDOS is committed to:
- Pursuing our research agenda through a diverse range of research methods, recognising that methodological pluralism is necessary to yield the insights required to move policy and practice forward.
- Undertaking collaborative and comparative research wherever possible, so that lessons can be learned about what works in specific national and local contexts and about whether and to what extent there are practices in and approaches to offender supervision that work across diverse contexts
- Exploring issues of diversity amongst offenders in relation to effective supervision
- Working to engage offenders and their families in the research process, recognising the value and importance of their insights into effective practice and what works for them
CREDOS exists to progress these objectives principally by enabling its members to engage in ongoing discussion about their work and, where possible, to encourage them to work together. The network allows for ongoing electronic communication about relevant research and also aims to meet annually, usually scheduling these meetings to coincide with other conferences of likely interest to members.
If you are active in relevant research and would like to become a member of CREDOS, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org