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NCJ Number: 149944 Find in a Library
Title: What Works in Evaluation Research?
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:34  Issue:3  Dated:(Summer 1994)  Pages:291-306
Author(s): R Pawson; N Tilley
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 16
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Evaluation research in the field of criminal justice is examined in the context of the evolution of British criminology.
Abstract: The authors contend that quasiexperimental evaluations are inadequate and instead propose scientific realist evaluations to accomplish the following objectives: (1) determine whether the problem addressed in evaluation research diminished or disappeared during the currency of the policy, project, or practice; (2) determine whether the policy, project, or practice led to changes in the scale of the problem; (3) explore aspects of the problem that made it responsive to the policy, project, or practice; (4) identify how the policy, project, or practice produced outcomes; and (5) assess the generalizability of findings for future policies, projects, and practices. In examining evaluation research in the field of criminal justice, the authors attempt to inject some strategic thinking into the process. They discuss methodological shortcomings of quasiexperimental evaluations and benefits of scientific realist evaluations. 16 references and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Evaluative research; Foreign criminal justice research; Foreign criminal justice systems; Research uses in policymaking; United Kingdom (UK)
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