ERIC Number: ED174743
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan-24
Reference Count: 0
The Evaluation of the Hartford Experiment: A Rigorous, Multi-Method Effort to Learn Something. Revised.
Fowler, Floyd J., Jr.
This paper focuses on problems faced and lessons learned in the evaluation of a community crime-reduction program. The program ("Hartford Project"), designed to reduce residential burglary, street robbery, and the fear of those crimes, is briefly described. A multimethod approach to evaluation, which considered each variable in at least two different ways and utilized both quantitative and qualitative information, is explained as it evolved in response to the characteristics of the Hartford Project. Demographic factors which might have had an impact on the evaluation results are also considered. Although the Project is tentatively concluded to have been a success, limitations of the evaluation are pointed out. The importance of good methodology in social science evaluation research is stressed. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hartford Project
Note: Paper prepared for the Second National Workshop on Criminal Justice Evaluation (November 20-21, 1978) ; Prepared at the Center for Survey Research, Boston, Massachusetts