SAGE Journal Articles

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Journal Article 1: Christie, C. A., & Fleischer, D. N. (2010). Insight into evaluation practice: A content analysis of designs and methods used in evaluation studies published in North American evaluation-focused journals. American Journal of Evaluation, 31, 326–346.

The authors performed a content analysis on over 100 evaluation studies published in eight North American evaluation-focused journals for a 3-year period. The purpose was to examine method and design choices in these evaluation studies. Findings indicated that many evaluations did not adhere to recent “best practices,” and results of these studies were often mixed.

Journal Article 2: McDavid, J. C., & Huse, I. (2012). Legislator uses of public performance reports: Findings from a five-year study. American Journal of Evaluation, 33, 7–25.

This article outlines key contributions to the literature that focus on performance management and legislator uses of public performance information. Additionally, the article describes a 5-year longitudinal study assessing expectations and actual uses of annual performance reports by elected decision-makers in British Columbia, Canada.
Findings demonstrated that legislators’ actual usage of performance data was substantially lower than initial expectations for use. The authors discuss these findings and reflect on the implications of this study on the field.

Journal Article 3: Sousa, W. H., Coldren, J. R., Rodriguez, D., & Braga, A. A. (2016). Research on body worn cameras: Meeting the challenges of police operations, program implementation, and randomized controlled trial designs. Police Quarterly, 19, 363–384. 

This article examines a number of challenges to both researchers and police agencies when studying the implementation of police body-worn cameras (BWCs). The article discusses the programmatic challenges of implementing a BWC program in a large agency (i.e. the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) while simultaneously evaluating the program using a randomized controlled trial design. The process evaluation reported in this article addresses the need for applied research regarding BWCs and offers helpful insight to researchers and practitioners.