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So what does work

So what does work A review of: Burnett R & Roberts C (2004) What Works in So what does Probation and Youth Justice: Developing Evidence-based Practice. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing work? ISBN 1 84392 059 X (price £20) It is probably fair to say that the recently published What Works in Probation and Youth Justice: Developing Evidence-based Practice (Burnett & Roberts, 2004), written as it is by leading figures within, or closely associated with, the probation and youth justice services of England and Wales, represents the ‘cutting-edge’ of the evidence-based practice movement today. However, the omission of a question mark after the title could lead the unsuspecting reader to believe that within its pages they will discover the most efficacious interventions with law-breakers. Not so. For this book is, first and foremost, about the continuing quest for a sufficiently robust evidence base upon which to build an effective ‘correctional’ practice. Although the John Pitts Vauxhall Professor of Socio- book claims to chronicle the advances in ‘evidence-based practice’ (EBP), we legal Studies, University of find most contributors expressing regret that the evidence remains patchy Luton and not infrequently contradictory, and that ‘definitive answers to the question’ (what works?) continue to elude us. It is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Safer Communities Emerald Publishing

So what does work

Safer Communities , Volume 3 (4): 13 – Oct 1, 2004

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A review of: Burnett R & Roberts C (2004) What Works in So what does Probation and Youth Justice: Developing Evidence-based Practice. Cullompton, Devon: Willan Publishing work? ISBN 1 84392 059 X (price £20) It is probably fair to say that the recently published What Works in Probation and Youth Justice: Developing Evidence-based Practice (Burnett & Roberts, 2004), written as it is by leading figures within, or closely associated with, the probation and youth justice services of England and Wales, represents the ‘cutting-edge’ of the evidence-based practice movement today. However, the omission of a question mark after the title could lead the unsuspecting reader to believe that within its pages they will discover the most efficacious interventions with law-breakers. Not so. For this book is, first and foremost, about the continuing quest for a sufficiently robust evidence base upon which to build an effective ‘correctional’ practice. Although the John Pitts Vauxhall Professor of Socio- book claims to chronicle the advances in ‘evidence-based practice’ (EBP), we legal Studies, University of find most contributors expressing regret that the evidence remains patchy Luton and not infrequently contradictory, and that ‘definitive answers to the question’ (what works?) continue to elude us. It is

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Published: Oct 1, 2004

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