BREAKING THE ROUTINE: ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A MULTI-NEIGHBORHOOD ANTICRIME INITIATIVE THROUGH QUALITATIVE INTERVIEWING
Abstract:This paper reports on the evaluation of a key component of the comprehensive anticrime initiative currently undertaken in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Community Partners Program is the programmatic approach designed by the HIDTA/Safe and Sound Initiative to deal with crime and disorder in twenty of the highest crime, lowest income areas of the city. Quantitative data collection constraints favored the use of qualitative research for assessing the efficacy of the Community Partners' strategy in achieving desired results. Focus group interviewing, in particular, proved to be an effective method for conducting process-focused criminal justice evaluation research. Through systematic analysis of transcribed focus group interviews, the researcher was able to identify significant trends and patterns in the way participating residents related to the block-by-block organizing efforts and other crime prevention activities of the Community Partners. The evaluation indicates tangible benefits that neighborhood residents attribute to the program, the activities implemented, and the changes desired and achieved.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Criminology and Law Studies, Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, USA
Publication date: January 1, 2002