"Crime is a multi-billion-dollar business. Crime is also deeply embedded in our social, economic, political, religious and material worlds. But, surely it is wrong that, day after day, year after year, thousands of decisions are taken, millions of lives are disturbed and billions of dollars are being spent without robust evidence as to what is the best course of action for those involved in, affected by, or afflicted through crime. Experiments seek to offer hope, they seek to offer help and they seek to assist in making this world, our world, your world, a better place.
For far too long, too many people have been making their decisions on the basis of fear, favour, their habits, their hunch, a gut feeling, emotion, following “the rules”, precedent, or standard procedures. That has to stop. From today and forevermore, we can change that: we can make the world a better place. We can make more decisions on the basis of better evidence, on evidence that can stand up to closer scrutiny and inspection, evidence that can stand up to questions, evidence that can make you think, make you re-think, evidence that can make you act, evidence that is, at its best, transparent and transformational.
Experiments can provide good sources of evidence to help inform conversations, thinking, assessments and decision-making."
For some technical reason, the preview on TES currently does not work, but buy the book because it is fully loaded with rich, amusing, fascinating and sometimes frightening contemporary examples from across the world. This book covers a whole terms course on the nature and purpose of experiments, their advantages and limitations, different methods, where to promote results, dirty data, hierarchies of the evidence, the business of reviews, checklists and ethics. SUITABLE FOR TEACHERS, TUTORS, STUDENTS AND PRACTITIONERS OF LAW, CRIME, JUSTICE, PSYCHOLOGY, STATISTICS, SOCIOLOGY, POLITICS, PUNISHMENT, HISTORY, SCIENCE, GEOGRAPHY, ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC POLICY.