Identify the various types of interviews used by researchers to gather data from a sample population.
Answer the following questions in detail and with at least two sources for each.
Identify the various types of interviews used by researchers to gather data from a sample population. Explain the general procedures for such an interview.
Compare and contrast UCR, NCVS, and self-report data. Explain which one you believe gives the most accurate representation of crime.
What is meant by “unobtrusive” methods of research? List and explain several examples of unobtrusive research methods.
Give three examples of geographic information systems that are used by police to code and track crimes. How do techniques like pin-mapping help police agencies target and reduce crime hot spots?
What is meant by validity and reliability in the field of research methodology? Give two examples of errors in research that would produce invalid or unreliable data.
Criminal justice research in particular has been lacking in validation studies. What are some reasons for this, and why is it important to develop a more robust system of validation in this field of research?
Why is it important to first accurately understand the true nature and causes of criminal behavior before making policies to prevent them?
Recent times have seen major changes in police organizational psychology—use of force policy and practice has been particularly problematic in this area. How do you believe utilizing the right department policies could help gain public trust in police while also establishing the respect and deference to their authority that is needed to maintain police safety and effectiveness?
In the big picture of justice administration, how does it harm the system as a whole to be implementing ineffective programs? Why is it so important to identify effective criminal justice programs?
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