The Co-Production of Experimental Criminology

Joel Garner, Joint Centers for Justice Studies, Inc.
Christy Visher, The Urban Institute

This paper examines the federal role in the implementation of crime and justice field experiments in the last 20 years. Data are collected on the number and type of experiments funded by the National Institute of Justice in selected years. These data are supplemented by interviews of agency in management and researchers to ascertain the factors involved in the initiation, funding, and successful implementation of experiments. The paper addresses researchers' decisions to choose this research design, the willingness of operational criminal justice agencies to participate in experiments, and the role of the scientific review and funding process.

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