Snapshots of Research: Readings in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a comprehensive, cutting-edge text that provides an introductory overview of the main research methods used in the fields of criminology and criminal justice. This text/reader offers a wide range of modern research examples, as well as several classic articles, including a broad range of readings from the four major branches of the criminal justice system—policing, courts/law, juvenile justice, and corrections—that are relevant to career paths students may be interested in pursuing.
Chapter 11: Evaluation Research and Policy Analysis
Evaluation Research and Policy Analysis
The Purposes of Evaluation Research
The main purpose of evaluation research is to examine the effectiveness of social policies and programs. Evaluation research is sometimes called applied research because it seeks to solve more immediate social problems. Rather than specifically acquiring knowledge for the discipline ...