- The Oxford Handbook of Crime Prevention
- Crime Prevention and Public Policy
- Developmental and Life-Course Theories of Offending
- Risk and Protective Factors for Offending
- Preventing Crime Through Intervention in the Preschool Years
- Parent Training and the Prevention of Crime
- Child Social Skills Training in the Prevention of Antisocial Development and Crime
- Developmental Approaches in the Prevention of Female Offending
- Community-Level Influences on Crime and Offending
- Disorder and Crime
- Poverty Deconcentration and the Prevention of Crime
- Peer Influence, Mentoring, and the Prevention of Crime
- Comprehensive Community Partnerships for Preventing Crime
- Community-Based Substance Use Prevention
- Schools and Prevention
- Situational Crime Prevention: Classifying Techniques Using “Good Enough” Theory
- High Crime Places, Times, and Offenders
- Crime Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits
- Place-Based Crime Prevention: Theory, Evidence, and Policy
- The Private Sector and Designing Products against Crime
- Once Bitten, Twice Shy: Repeat Victimization and its Prevention
- Implementing Crime Prevention: Good Governance and a Science of Implementation
- The Importance of Randomized Experiments in Evaluating Crime Prevention
- Preventing Future Criminal Activities of Delinquents and Offenders
- Public Opinion and Crime Prevention: A Review of International Trends
- The Science and Politics of Crime Prevention: Toward a New Crime Policy
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This article shows the importance of randomized experiments, which offer the most persuasive evaluations of the effects of crime-prevention efforts. It discusses the limitations of nonexperimental methods in concluding the effectiveness of crime prevention interventions, and then studies the statistical advantage of randomized experiments. This is followed by a discussion of the risks associated with not using the most precise methodology to evaluate crime prevention. This article also explains why crime-prevention researchers have often forgotten to use experimental methods and determines the conditions where the randomized experiments are likely to be most successful.
David Weisburd is Walter E. Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law at The Hebrew University, and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University.
Joshua C. Hinkle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University.
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