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Are randomised controlled trials really the 'Gold Standard' in restorative justice research

Wilcox, Aidan and Hoyle, Carolyn (2005) Are randomised controlled trials really the 'Gold Standard' in restorative justice research. British Journal of Criminal Justice, 3 (2). pp. 39-49. ISSN 1475-0279

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    The rise of the evidence-based approach has influenced how criminological research is
    conducted in Britain. Funding bodies increasingly specify a quantitative research design as
    the most appropriate way to determine ‘what works’. Indeed, there is a growing tendency
    to regard the randomised control trial (RCT) as the ‘gold standard’ for such studies. In this
    article, restorative justice research is used as an example of the pitfalls of relying on a
    purely quantitative paradigm. By ignoring issues of programme integrity and context,
    RCTs often produce contradictory or inconclusive results. The article concludes that the
    artificial divide often imposed on researchers between qualitative and empirical
    approaches is unhelpful, and that research into restorative justice (and other areas) would
    gain from the integration of an in-depth, qualitative component within the experimental

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 40 (Social Work and Social Policy and Administration) © British Journal of Community Justice Sheffield Hallam University
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2007
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