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Experiments in Criminal Justice are Possible……..Really!

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Although experimental designs are widely acknowledged as superior for testing the effectiveness of interventions, they constitute a small fraction of all research being conducted in criminal justice settings. One reason for their under-representation lay in the difficulties associated with implementing them. These problems have been discussed in the literature leading readers to the conclusion that failure, rather than success, is the norm when attempting experiments outside of a laboratory setting. The authors’ experience in conducting the Enhanced Nurse Family Partnership Study (ENFPS) provides a positive contrast. Central to its success has been the cooperation obtained from the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) out of which the experiment is based. Three reasons are seen as integral to this cooperation. First, the experiment tested an intervention which could improve services to their clients leading agency personnel to invest heavily in the research. Additionally, the study used a totally collaborative approach between all involved principles. And finally, MCHD – being a public health organization - had prior experience in implementing experiments. The importance of this last point cannot be over-emphasized. That is, with public health’s increasing involvement with violence prevention, these agencies might provide a good fit for criminologists looking to conduct experimental research.
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Feder, Lynette., Campbell, Jacqueline., Chivers, Sarah., Banks, Angela., Goodrich, Julie., Niolon, Phyllis., Wallinder, Janet. and Whitaker, Daniel. "Experiments in Criminal Justice are Possible……..Really!" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p202035_index.html>

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Feder, L. , Campbell, J. , Chivers, S. , Banks, A. , Goodrich, J. , Niolon, P. , Wallinder, J. and Whitaker, D. "Experiments in Criminal Justice are Possible……..Really!" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p202035_index.html

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Abstract: Although experimental designs are widely acknowledged as superior for testing the effectiveness of interventions, they constitute a small fraction of all research being conducted in criminal justice settings. One reason for their under-representation lay in the difficulties associated with implementing them. These problems have been discussed in the literature leading readers to the conclusion that failure, rather than success, is the norm when attempting experiments outside of a laboratory setting. The authors’ experience in conducting the Enhanced Nurse Family Partnership Study (ENFPS) provides a positive contrast. Central to its success has been the cooperation obtained from the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) out of which the experiment is based. Three reasons are seen as integral to this cooperation. First, the experiment tested an intervention which could improve services to their clients leading agency personnel to invest heavily in the research. Additionally, the study used a totally collaborative approach between all involved principles. And finally, MCHD – being a public health organization - had prior experience in implementing experiments. The importance of this last point cannot be over-emphasized. That is, with public health’s increasing involvement with violence prevention, these agencies might provide a good fit for criminologists looking to conduct experimental research.

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