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Title: Specifying Inclusion Criteria for a Meta-Analysis: Lessons and Illustrations From a Quantitative Synthesis of Crime Reduction Experiments
Journal: Evaluation Review  Volume:19  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:274-293
Author(s): A J Petrosino
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 93-IJ-CX-0011
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents problems and illustrations from the first phase of an ongoing meta-analysis of crime-reduction programs.
Abstract: Meta-analysis, a research method referred to as the quantitative analysis of studies, has been used extensively in social science. Along with the proliferation of meta-analysis as a research methodology, there is some evidence that it may be influential with policy and program decisionmakers. Practitioners look for more conclusive evidence before taking action and find a meta-analysis of many studies bearing on the issue more persuasive than a single one. Following a discussion of the importance of defining the inclusion criteria for the studies included in the meta-analysis, the eight study inclusions criteria for this study are listed. These research criteria distinguish this study from nearly all prior meta-analyses of intervention efficacy in criminal justice. Recommendations are that the specification of inclusion criteria be given careful consideration before the document-retrieval phase; inclusion criteria may need to be redefined when "gray-area" studies are found; and before specifying inclusion criteria, decide whether it may be better to include "gray-area" studies in a future meta- analysis. 5 notes and 64 references
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Criminology; Research design models; Research methods
Note: From the NIJ Reprint Series.
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