Promising Crime Solutions Are Being Undermined by Flawed Federal Ratings, Researchers Say

The National Institute of Justice created CrimeSolutions in 2011 to rate crime-reduction programs as effective or not, based on a review of research literature. The service aims to inform crime policymaking with the best available evidence of effectiveness. But its rigid standards mean that few programs get rated "effective," and many with mixed results get lumped in with truly ineffective programs for having "no effects." Critics say it misses the nuances in published studies by making ratings overly reliant on a strict reading of statistical significance.

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