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August 5, 2019

I was recently asked to work on a review of the existing Canadian literature on missing persons. In theory, this should be an easy task: there isn’t much.

That’s the problem: there isn’t much and, what is there, is a tad … not good.

What’s a girl to do?

I decided to deal...

July 29, 2019

The other week I was engaged in a discussion with a frontline officer on the interminable question of how do you get research project ideas up from the shop floor into the Executive suite. My response was simple: unless your organization has a built-in mechanism for do...

July 22, 2019

A while back I read a report that was released with some fan fare. It was a study offering public policy recommendations on the criminal justice system based on 13 interviews with a highly biased sample. There was lots of discussion of research methods – from sampling...

July 15, 2019

It’s time to revisit one of my favourite topics: improving rigor in qualitative research. What is this, you say?

Anyone who has ever taken a class or training session with me has heard me rip a new one – metaphorically speaking – into examples of junky research. I’ve pi...

July 8, 2019

Yesterday I was out walking the pups, when the neighbors called me over. "Why", they keenly inquired, "were there two police cars parked in the park nearby?" Having just come out of the park, this was easy to answer: LPS was running some kind of a cops-kids sports day....

July 1, 2019

We here at CAN-SEBP Headquarters remain as busy as ever. As you know, we're currently working on projects in London and Victoria. What you might not know is, counter to the perception we only ever work in Ontario (like Victoria, Ontario), we also have projects going in...

June 24, 2019

One of the relative advantages of traveling so much is that I end up spending a lot of time looking at books at the airport. On my most recent trip, I bought several interesting books.

Let’s start with This Idea is Brilliant and Richard Thaler’s discussion of the prem...

June 17, 2019

Let me begin with a confession: I'm not only a qualitative researcher, I'm actually an ethnographer. That means I'm one of those nutter Profs who forsakes the Ivory Tower for the field, and my research field has largely been marginalized communities colloquially or oth...

June 10, 2019

In evaluations for programs aimed at improving client outcomes it is not uncommon for evaluators to interview those administering the "treatment" - that is, they ask they ask those individuals who deliver the program what they think of the program they run. It is also...

June 3, 2019

One of the most abused words in the English language must certainly be theory. Here are some common examples:

1. "I have a theory ..."

2. "Astrological theory explains how your birth date reveals the pattern of your life"

3. "It's just a theory"

All three of the ab...

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