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7022ccj research evaluation and policy analysis week 3 concepts operationalization measurement

7022CCJ: Research, Evaluation and Policy AnalysisWeek 3: Concepts, operationalization & measurement

Professor James Byrne

week 3 lecture outline
Week 3: Lecture outline
  • Literature review & Research Evaluation Question: Tips
  • Clarifying Key Concepts:
    • Definition
    • Operationalization
    • (Measurement)
sourcing your literature
Sourcing your Literature
  • Start off by searching key terms in Google & Google Scholar
    • This will help orient you in terms of gathering background info on your topic
  • Use the UML Library Online
    • Go into Portal
      • Select ‘Journals’ for academic journal articles


writing your literature review
Writing your literature review
  • Your literature review must do these things:
    • be organized around and related directly to the thesis or research question(s) you have been developing
    • synthesize results into a summary of what is and is not known
    • identify areas of controversy in the literature
    • formulate questions that need further research


funnel structure key points to include
Funnel Structure: Key points to include
  • Start broad; end narrow
    • What is the crime problem your chosen intervention seeks to address?
      • Why is this problem important to focus on?
    • What is the intervention you’ve chosen?
      • Why is this intervention important to focus on?
    • What are the aims of the intervention?
    • What does past research suggest about (the effectiveness of) this intervention?
      • Any controversial issues?
    • What is your research evaluation question(s)?
      • What are the key concepts that are included in your question?


literature review
Literature Review
  • Each piece of literature should be reviewed in terms of:
    • Aims / Research Questions addressed
    • Methods Used
    • Key Results
    • Your analysis of the study
      • Problems, Gaps, Limitations


research evaluation question s
Research Evaluation Question(s)
  • Your lit review should end with a presentation of your own research evaluation question & rationale
  • Your questions should be focused
    • Must include an intervention
    • That has been designed to address a crime problem
    • Must focus on evaluating the effectiveness of the intervention in terms of its specified goals
  • You must clearly define the concepts you are addressing in your research question(s)


definition of key concepts
Definition of Key Concepts
  • Conceptualization
    • What do you mean by the concept being studied?
  • If you are going to study sex offending and recidivism:
    • How do you define “sex offending”?
      • What type of offences will you focus on?
    • How do you define “recidivism”?
      • What parameters will you use to define it?
  • You need to specify and define ALL the key concepts you wish to study


operationalization measurement
Operationalization & Measurement
  • Operationalize your concepts
    • How do you expect to ‘observe’ your defined concept in operation so you can measure it?
  • Eg. Intervention addressing Fear and Violent Crime:
    • How will you operationalize fear of crime as you have defined it?
      • Operationalization - Self-reports from residents in an area
      • Measurement - Questionnaire item: how safe do you feel in your house, downtown at night, etc.
    • How will you operationalize violent crime?
      • Operationalization – incidents involving inter-personal violence in public places
      • Measure - Official QPS records of reported violent crime incidents in South Brisbane


progression of measurement steps
Progression of measurement steps


Conceptual definition

Operational definition

Measurements in the real world


class discussion round
Class Discussion Round
  • What are the key concepts in your research evaluation question?
  • How will you define these concepts?
  • How do you think you might operationalize these concepts in order to measure them?


next week
Next Week
  • Assessment 1 is due !!!