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Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment and Reaction

Read the following article on the Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment at the following link: http://www.policefoundation.org/content/kansas-city-preventive-patrol-experiment-0

Based on your readings, address the following:
- This study is repeatedly referred to as an "experiment." Briefly discuss the elements of the various experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Which design model best fits this study?
- Briefly discuss the role of pretests and post tests in experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Were pretests and post tests used by the study's authors? Describe the efforts and actions performed by the study's authors to establish their research. What issues did they encounter while executing the study? How were these issues circumvented and their impact on validity minimized?
- Briefly describe two ethical issues that arose during the design phase of this study. How did the authors address those ethical concerns in the execution of the study?
- Analyze and examine to what degree the results of the experiment inform and influence public policy delivery currently.

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Kansas City Preventive Patrol Experiment Q&A

•This study is repeatedly referred to as an "experiment." Briefly discuss the elements of the various experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Which design model best fits this study?

- A quasi-experimental design (QED) according to Trochim (2006), "is one that looks a bit like an experimental design but lacks the key ingredient -- random assignment." So, to make this much clearer, it is important to define an experimental research design (ERD). According to Research Connections (2013) an, "experiment is a study in which the researcher manipulates the level of some independent variable and then measures the outcome. Experiments are powerful techniques for evaluating cause-and-effect relationships. Many researchers consider experiments the gold standard against which all other research designs should be judged. Experiments are conducted both in the laboratory and in real life situations." ERD is a 'true experiment' wherein all important factors and variables are completely controlled and participants or subjects are randomly assigned. It is this random assignment that amps up the validity claims from an experiment. For the purpose of this study, I believe that ERD was the most effective bet and it is what they used albeit with ...

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