The production of criminological experiments revisited: the nature and extent of federal support for experimental designs, 2001–2013

Cody Telep, Joel H. Garner, Christy A. Visher

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Abstract

Objectives: To assess the nature and extent of funding for randomized experiments in criminology and criminal justice from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) since 2000. Methods: Based on data from official records of grant awards made by NIJ between fiscal years 2001 and 2013, we categorized awards based on whether they were for randomized experiments, non-experimental evaluation research, non-evaluation social science research, social science program support, forensic science and technology research, or forensic science and technology support. Results: While the bulk of NIJ funding goes to forensic science and technology support, among the 800 social science awards we found a total of 99 awards for experiments. Support for the use of experimental designs increased during this 13-year period and was substantially greater than the support for the use of experimental designs in the 1990s. The awards for experiments between 2001 and 2013 went to a variety of researchers and research organizations and addressed a wide array of criminal justice program areas. Conclusions: Our findings document a marked increase in funding for experiments in recent years compared to the 1991–2000 period, when just 21 awards were made for experimental work. These findings suggest that NIJ has responded to a series of critiques regarding the methodological quality of funded projects by placing a greater emphasis on high-quality social science research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-563
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Experimental Criminology
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

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  • Federal funding
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  • National Institute of Justice
  • Randomized experiments

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The production of criminological experiments revisited : the nature and extent of federal support for experimental designs, 2001–2013. / Telep, Cody; Garner, Joel H.; Visher, Christy A.

In: Journal of Experimental Criminology, Vol. 11, No. 4, 01.12.2015, p. 541-563.

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