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NCJ Number: 194023 Find in a Library
Title: Methodological Issues in Working with Policy Advisers and Practitioners (From Analysis for Crime Prevention, P 205-237, 2002, Nick Tilley, ed. -- See NCJ-194015)
Author(s): Gloria Laycock
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
Sale Source: Criminal Justice Press/Willow Tree Press
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses what policy advisers and practitioners need and can expect from researchers and the implications of these needs and expectations for research methods.
Abstract: The discussion notes that policy advisers need good news about effectiveness, confidence in the results, costs included in the evaluations, a feeling of involvement in the agenda-setting process, timely production of results, the specification of what works, good communications from the researchers, and researchers’ willingness to take risks in making inferences from their data. Practitioners need to know what works, where, and why; help in replicating what works; and help in generating testable hypotheses. They also need timely research, involvement in setting the agenda, reports and recommendations in plain English, knowledge of current good practice, and feedback on the results of research in which they have participated. Methodologies that may represent viable alternatives to experimental methods traditionally used by social science researchers include the theory of change approach, scientific realism, and the use of rival explanations. The analysis concludes that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners need to give more attention to one another and that publication and scrutiny of results by the academic community and by the critical and independent media should help offset any tendency toward partiality, exaggeration, or inaccuracy. 43 references
Main Term(s): Crime prevention planning
Index Term(s): Criminal justice research; Criminal justice system policy; Program design; Program planning; Research and development; Research design; Research methods; Research uses in policymaking
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