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The Importance of Randomized Experiments in Evaluating Crime Prevention

David Weisburd and Joshua C. Hinkle

in The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398823
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195398823.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks

The Importance of Randomized Experiments in Evaluating Crime Prevention

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This article shows the importance of randomized experiments, which offer the most persuasive evaluations of the effects of crime-prevention efforts. It discusses the limitations of nonexperimental methods in concluding the effectiveness of crime prevention interventions, and then studies the statistical advantage of randomized experiments. This is followed by a discussion of the risks associated with not using the most precise methodology to evaluate crime prevention. This article also explains why crime-prevention researchers have often forgotten to use experimental methods and determines the conditions where the randomized experiments are likely to be most successful.

Keywords: randomized experiments; crime-prevention efforts; nonexperimental methods; statistical advantage; risks; crime-prevention researchers; experimental methods

Article.  8846 words. 

Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice ; Crime Prevention

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