Publication
Title
Interpreting performance in offender supervision : the use of observation as a data collection method
Author
Abstract
Empirical research on practicing offender supervision seems to be rather scarce in many European jurisdictions. Existing studies tend to be mostly descriptive and use interviews and surveys as methods of data collection. Moreover, comparative research on the practice of offender supervision is almost non-existent (Bauwens, 2011; Robinson and Svensson, 2013). This article describes and reflects on the exploratory work that has been done by researchers from different European jurisdictions in their effort to pilot observations as an innovative research method to study probation practice within a comparative framework. The authors briefly discuss observations as a method for collecting data in general. A description of the (ongoing) project of piloting observations as a method in comparative research and the methodological issues that arose, led to the development of a structured observation schedule that has been tested in Catalonia, Spain. We describe the first results of this study and discuss them in relation to our ongoing effort to assess the added value of observations in comparative research on probation practice.
Language
English
Source (journal)
European journal of probation. - London, 2009, currens
Publication
London : Sage, 2015
ISSN
2066-2203 [online]
Volume/pages
7:3(2015), p. 218-240
ISI
000366799800004
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 16.02.2016
Last edited 25.09.2017
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