Prepare for exams and future essays with the questions below that align with key concepts discussed in the chapter. Try timing yourself as you write to practise in a mock exam environment. Create mindmaps of key themes, quotes and arguments you could include in an answer to use as a revision tool.
- Should academic criminologists always aim to be policy-relevant?
- Who, if anyone, should hold academic criminologists to account for the quality of their advice to policy and practice?
- Is it ethical to pay interviewees to talk about the crimes they have committed? Is it ethical to break the confidentiality of a research interview when the respondent admits to a previously undetected and serious crime?
- Should funders of research make sure that the work they commission is always published? Should government-funded research always be made publicly available?
- Will the government-sponsored What Works Centre for Crime Reduction make policy more disciplined in attending to proper evidence?