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Guiding Principles

The OCCS approaches its work guided by five basic principles:

  1. Professionalism. Researchers should promote professionalism in the conduct of research. Researchers should have the utmost respect for colleagues, practitioners, and students. Researchers should never engage in activities that might compromise the Consortium’s credibility or reputation for independence. Researchers should preserve the integrity of the profession by protecting colleagues and the public from work that is unprofessional, misleading, or incompetent.
  2. Best practices. The OCCS works to ensure the future of knowledge production through the use of best practices within the criminal justice field. Our goal is to provide agencies with the most recent and accurate scientific knowledge available in criminal justice, while fostering the development of new practices.
  3. Equality and trustworthiness. The OCCS strives to provide our services in a non-prejudicial manner that allows state and local agencies access to social science researchers and the most recent knowledge in the field. Our goal is to create an atmosphere where practitioners feel comfortable turning to academics for problem-solving assistance.
  4. Dedication to continued support. The OCCS will engage with practitioners using an efficient and expedient research process that produces the highest quality product to meet or exceed the agency’s expectations and thus encourage support for future researcher-practitioner collaborations.
  5. Methodological integrity. Research conducted by Consortium members should be objective and neutral. Findings should be accurate – never misrepresented, misused, or suppressed. Findings should be practical, understandable and relevant in order to effectively enable practitioners to act on scientific knowledge.