Evaluation and review for lesson learning

Authored by: John E. Eck

Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138851054
eBook ISBN: 9781315724393
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315724393.ch26

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Abstract

You are told: use policies that work. And you are told: RCT’s – randomized controlled trials – will show you what these are. That’s not so. RCT’s are great, but they do not do that for you. They cannot alone support the expectation that a policy will work for you. What they tell you is true – that this policy produced that result there. But they do not tell you why that is relevant to what you need to bet on getting the results you want here. For that, you will need to know a lot more.

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