Place Randomized Trials

Robert Boruch, David Weisburd, Richard Berk

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An important and emerging vehicle for generating dependable evidence about what works or what does not work falls under the rubric of place randomized trials. In criminology, for instance, such a trial might involve identifying a sample of high crime hot spots and then randomly allocating the hot spots, the places, to different police or community interventions. The random assignment assures a fair comparison among the interventions, and when the analysis is correct, a legitimate statistical statement of one's confidence in the resulting estimates of their effectiveness. See, for example, Weisburd et al. (2008) for illustrations of such trials and other references in what follows.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Quantitative Criminology
EditorsAlex R. Piquero, David Weisburd
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-387-77650-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-4614-1388-2
StatePublished - 2010


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