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Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique


Travers, MH, Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38, (1) pp. 39-58. ISSN 0004-8658 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2005 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc.

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DOI: doi:10.1375/acri.38.1.39


This article is intended to stimulate reflection and debate about the relationship betwean pure and applied research in criminology.The central argument is that evaluation research, which has almost become a dominant paradigm in researching criminal justice, has lower methodological standards than peer-reviewed social science. It considers this case in relation to quantitative and qualitative methods, and examines examples of a 'flagship' and 'small-scale' evaluation. The article concludes by discussing the implications for evaluators (who are encouraged to employ a wider range of methods), funding agencies and criminology as an academic discipline.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Travers, MH (Associate Professor Max Travers)
ID Code:36594
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18
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