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Using theory in criminal justice evaluation

Astbury, Brad 2012, Using theory in criminal justice evaluation, Advances in program evaluation, vol. 13, pp. 3-27, doi: 10.1108/S1474-7863(2012)0000013005.

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Title Using theory in criminal justice evaluation
Author(s) Astbury, Brad
Journal name Advances in program evaluation
Volume number 13
Start page 3
End page 27
Total pages 25
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bradford, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1474-7863
Summary This chapter examines the nature and role of theory in criminal justice evaluation. A distinction between theories of and theories for evaluation is offered to clarify what is meant by ‘theory’ in the context of contemporary evaluation practice. Theories of evaluation provide a set of prescriptions and principles that can be used to guide the design, conduct and use of evaluation. Theories for evaluation include programme theory and the application of social science theory to understand how and why criminal justice interventions work to generate desired outcomes. The fundamental features of these three types of theory are discussed in detail, with a particular focus on demonstrating their combined value and utility for informing and improving the practice of criminal justice evaluation
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/S1474-7863(2012)0000013005
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Emeral publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064410

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