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Evaluating Crime Reduction Initiatives

Johannes Knutsson and Nick Tilley, editors
Evaluating Crime Reduction Initiatives
ISBN: 978-1-881798-82-8
ISBN: 978-1-881798-83-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-844-5
2010/217 pages
Crime Prevention Studies, Volume 24
A CriminalJusticePress Project
"Has practical application for all levels of academicians, practitioners, researchers, and students interested in SCP/POP."—Jason D. Spraitz, Criminal Justice Policy Review


How should evaluations of problem-oriented policing and situational crime prevention projects be conducted? Although evaluation has been a driving force in the recent worldwide growth of the two approaches, both of which focus on reducing opportunities for committing crimes, there has been a growing consensus among researchers that evaluations of many such crime prevention programs have been unsatisfactory. In this book, the authors consider how best to improve evaluations, what types of assessments will be most useful to policymakers and practitioners, and what has been learned from past evaluations.


Johannes Knutsson is professor at the Norwegian Police University College. Nick Tilley is professor of sociology at Nottingham Trent University.


  • Foreword—Ingelin Killengreen.
  • Introduction—the Editors
  • Is the Standard of Evaluations in Problem-Oriented Policing Projects Good Enough?—J. Knutsson
  • An Appraisal of 37 Years of Situational Crime Prevention Evaluations—R. Guerette
  • Using Signatures of Opportunity Structures to Examine Mechanisms in Crime Prevention Evaluations—J. Eck and T. Madensen
  • Conducting Interviews in Small Areas to Evaluate Community Perceptions of Crime Reduction Strategies—A. Braga and B. Bond
  • What’s the 'What' in 'What Works?' in Health, Policing, and Crime Prevention— N. Tilley.
  • Estimating and Extrapolating Causal Effects for Crime Prevention Policy and Program Evaluation—G.T. Henry
  • Potential Uses of Computational Methods in the Evaluation of Crime Reduction Activity—S.D. Johnson