We bring different approaches and tools to connect people to government. In the London Borough of Barnet, the council wanted to understand how one ward within the borough had a disproportionately high fear of crime compared to actual crime rates.
Barnet Council found more traditional modes of collecting information, such as surveys and questionnaires, weren’t giving them insight into complex issues such as fear of crime. thinkpublic were commissioned to uncover the reasons behind fear.
We used film and ethnographic research tools to give people a voice in how they really felt about crime. We also used picture text messaging and led a visual mapping workshop with children and young people so they could show areas where they felt unsafe. We compiled the research and insights into a comprehensive report and developed a series of short documentary films to convey how people felt about crime in Barnet. The research outputs informed decisions on wider strategies for crime reduction in the borough.
For more information about this project, please contact Ella Britton at firstname.lastname@example.org.