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Evaluation research and criminal justice: Beyond a political critique
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 17:15 authored by Maxwell TraversMaxwell Travers
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.
Publication titleThe Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
Place of publicationBowen Hills, Qld
Rights statementCopyright © 2005 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology Inc.