The Home Office and Randomized Field Trials

Chris Nuttall, National Task Force on Crime Prevention

Since 1957 the Home Office Research Unit has been the largest and most prolific criminological research institute in the United Kingdom. The paper will analyze the rise and fall of the use of randomized experiments in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. It will show how the fashion or "nothing works" affected research in the UK even though the contextual conditions in Britain were completely different from Martinson's America.

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