Stated in very general terms, evaluating a policy means estimating its impact. While the evaluation of safety and crime prevention policies is currently a widely debated issue, both in official discourse and academic circles, a variety of practices come under this heading, ranging from mere incantation to highly sophisticated techniques. Moreover, the apparent favour in which evaluation is held more often than not hides genuine reluctance to actually carrying it out. Finally, conditions required for a real evaluation are the subject of serious controversy. Different European countries have different legislation and different crime policies. This volume evaluates good as well as bad practices in Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK and France. At the end of the book all findings are summarized in a final conclusion for all of Europe.
Tim Hope is Professor of Criminology at Keele University, UK. Philippe Robert is the directeur de recherches emerite at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique. Sybille Smeets is an assistant Professor at the School of Criminology at the Universite Librede Bruxelles. Carrol Tange is a researcher at the Centre of criminological researches. Karin Wittebrood is a senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute of Social Research. Anne Wyvekens is a researcher at the Centre d'etudes et de recherches des sciences administratives et politiques. Renee Zauberman is a senior researcher at the Centre de recherches sociologiques sur le droit et les institutions penales.