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.
|Original language||American English|
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|State||Published - 12 Mar 2012|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© 2012 by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
- Crime-prevention efforts
- Crime-prevention researchers
- Experimental methods
- Nonexperimental methods
- Randomized experiments
- Statistical advantage