Chapter 14. Evaluation

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch14

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Evaluation, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • scientific knowledge and establishing rational beliefs;
  • testing hypotheses and theories;
  • Null Hypothesis Significance Testing (NHST);
  • Null Hypothesis Decision procedure (NHD);
  • evidence-based approaches to hypothesis testing;
  • evidence-based practice;
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE);
  • treatment effect evaluation;
  • systematic reviews using specific criteria and NICE reviews;
  • models for future evaluation and research and central focus on ethical practice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Testing Hypotheses and Theories

  • Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

  • Evaluation of Treatment Effects

  • Systematic Reviews

  • Evaluating Interventions in Prisons

  • Measuring Outcomes

  • Models for Future Evaluation

  • Summary

  • Notes