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Finding Confidence in Evidence-Based Policies - Interview at the 2010 NIJ Conference

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June 2010
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This video and its transcript summarize an interview with Phelan Wyrick regarding the themes of a panel at the 2010 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Conference that addressed research designs which produce reliable evidence in program evaluations suitable for use in developing evidence-based policies.
Mr. Wyrick - senior policy adviser with the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Justice Programs - notes the panel's conclusion that randomized controlled trials produce a valid and reliable method for generating evidence of a program's effectiveness or ineffectiveness in achieving its intended outcome; however, other research designs were also discussed by the panel. Supplementary research designs can be used with a random controlled trial to build confidence in making a significant investment in the broad replication of a program.

Date Published: June 1, 2010