How (and How Not) to Design Research to Inform Policy-making
What is the likely reaction to this? What is to be made of it? What has been learnt so far? There are failed experiments and non-failed experiments. So what? Why should a series of evaluation studies be funded at the taxpayer’s expense if this is the conclusion? Is the police officer or policy adviser any wit the wiser following a series of studies ending up here?
The question is, is it (community policing) more than rhetoric? There are ample examples of failed experiments, and huge American cities where the whole concept has gone awry. On the other hand, there is evidence in many evaluations that a public hungry for attention has a great deal to tell the police and are grateful for the opportunity to do so. (Skogan, 1992).
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