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Values in criminology and community justice$
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Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001

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Value for money? The politics of contract research

Value for money? The politics of contract research

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(p.359) Twenty-One Value for money? The politics of contract research
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Values in criminology and community justice
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Paul Senior

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.003.0021

This chapter explores the minutiae of contract research on criminal justice matters which operate in a highly charged policy context. Maintaining the integrity of the research is challenged by the ’multiple sides’ the researcher has to respect ranging from various stakeholders or in Becker’s terms superordinates to the frequent object and subject of the research, the service user or subordinate. The researcher works in an area where the aims and objectives are defined prior to engagement and within tightly prescribed budgets. The chapter explores the difficulty of navigating this contested terrain whilst maintaining methodological rigour and ethical standards. Examples are drawn from 50 different pieces of contract research over a 12 year period and conclusions are drawn which suggest ways a researcher might maintain positive practice in the face of the pressures outlined..

Keywords:   Contract research, Policy, Criminal justice, Research methodology, Research ethics

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