Conducting Meta-analyses of Crime Prevention Program Evaluations: A ‘how-to’ discussion

Wright, C. and Heath, S.

Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Evaluation Association, Cleveland, OH.


Meta-analyses of program evaluations can be incredibly useful for organizations who wish to design interventions, particularly in the field of crime prevention. To build on the work of previous crime prevention efforts and evaluations, there is an opportunity to systematically review evaluations of crime prevention projects. To aid in the development of this work, this roundtable will discuss the objectives, procedures and successes and challenges associated with conducting meta-analyses of a diverse array of crime prevention program evaluations. Audience members with any level of background in meta-analyses are encouraged to attend and share their perspectives and experiences to build a rich discussion on this challenging topic.

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