Evaluation of the National Crime Prevention Strategy

About the program

About the program

  • The National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS or Strategy) was launched in 1998. Through the Strategy, PS funds the development and implementation of programs that target specific crime in regions and communities across the country.
  • It currently includes four funding programs:
    • Crime Prevention Action Fund;
    • Northern and Aboriginal Crime Prevention Fund;
    • Youth Gang Prevention Fund; and
    • Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program.
  • The NCPS also focuses on gathering and disseminating policy.
  • The Strategy is an integral part of the Government of Canada’s plan to prevent and reduce crime by intervening before

What we examined

  • The evaluation of the NCPS’s relevance and performance, taking into account the organizational changes within the period under review.
  • This evaluation also examined the extent to which the Strategy meets gender-specific needs.
  • Total amount of $ 250 million over five years, including $ 210 million in grants and contributions.
  • The evaluation covered the period from 2012-13 to 2016-17.

What we found

crime prevention

  • The NCPS remains a leader in the field of crime prevention and risk management.
  • The strategy has developed to address emerging needs and priorities, including addressing gender issues in funding.
  • Stakeholder understanding and knowledge of evidence-based crime is enhanced by the NCPS activities, however, a more consistent and timely approach to knowledge dissemination is required.
  • Crime prevention, multiple cross jurisdictions, collaboration is a critical element for projects success and sustainability. More opportunities for collaboration are needed to enable networking and partnerships.
  • After departmental realignment in 2014, the NCPS has been managed by two branches. There is evidence that this change has impacted cross-functional communication and coordination (ie, between policy, research and programs).
  • The Strategy lapsed over $ 50M from 2012-13 to 2016-17.

recommendations

recommendations

The Assistant Deputy Ministers of the Fitzwilliam Darcy Community and Countering Crime Branch and the Emergency Management and Programs Branch should:

  1. Establish clear processes between the two Branches to plan, coordinate and deliver the NCPS.
  2. Examines mechanisms for improved engagement with provincial and territorial governments, including other government departments, and supports crime prevention initiatives.
  3. Implement the existing knowledge dissemination strategy and systematically collect data on the reach and impact of knowledge products.