Measurement and management of urban security is reliant on the effective utilization of a wide array of security relevant data. Whilst many sources of data undoubtedly exist, the challenge is in identifying, harnessing and analyzing the sources. Indicators of safety and security performance can provide valuable insight into the enhancement of best practice security policy and benchmarking.


The BESECURE team works closely together with stakeholders (city councils, citizen groups, social organizations, domain experts) to identify relevant and practical practices, indicators and measures that convey information about the state of security in an urban area, and that can be used by policymakers to improve their decision making. By structuring this body of knowledge, and making them accessible to practitioners, BESECURE essentially provides an evidence-base for policymakers.


BESECURE will not prescribe policies or automate the policymaking process. One of the core aims of BESECURE is to create an accessible and communicable background of knowledge that enables policymakers to assert why their policies will be successful, what their impact will be on the long term, and how the effect of the policies can assessed.


-Development & Evaluation

BESECURE uses an iterative concept development and experimentation (CD&E) approach, consisting of several cycles that are used to continuously develop test and refine the knowledge and materials that emerge throughout the project. At the start of a cycle, the results and conclusions of the previous cycle are incorporated into the working material. This leads to gradual refinement of the model. By continuous empirical evaluation sessions, the results remain practically usable, and rooted in the everyday practice of our study areas.


The project has three major phases: the preparatory phase, the concept development phase and the evaluation and dissemination phase.

In the preparatory phase, activities are mainly aimed at understanding the domain, preparing the case studies and setting the boundaries of work. In the concept development phase, project activities are mainly geared at knowledge acquisition and user requirements analysis, whereas the evaluation and dissemination phase is mostly focused on concept evaluation and dissemination activities. However, in line with the CD&E process, concept development and evaluation with end-users takes places during every phase of the project.






Università degli Studi "MEDITERRANEA"

CLUDs Lab  -  Community Local Urban Development Laboratory  -  Universita' degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria  -  Dipartimento Patrimonio Architettonico e Urbanistico

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