Valuing Developmental Crime Prevention
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Developmental crime prevention programs produce positive returns on investment. Previous studies of such returns do not adequately quantify and weight impacts across multiple domains of quality of life (e.g., social-emotional development, family wellbeing) or provide a protocol for deciding between programs that recognizes these multiple domains (i.e. propose a method for the ranking of program alternatives). We adapted a multiple criteria decision-making (MCDM) technique to address these deficiencies. Incorporating subjective decisions (a survey of those individuals who directly affect policy decisions) and objective evidence (the effect sizes from a meta-analysis of longitudinal intervention outcomes) allowed us to construct a common metric for making structured choices between diverse developmental crime prevention program options. Our results show that a structured preschool program which incorporates family intervention and support was the most preferred option to reduce youth crime.
Criminology & Public Policy
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Valuing Developmental Crime Prevention, Criminology & Public Policy, Vol. 12 (2), pp. 305-332, 2013 which has been published in final form at 10.1111/1745-9133.12024. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-820227.html#terms)