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Lessons from the Battle over D.A.R.E.: The Complicated Relationship between Research and Practice

February 23, 2011

Lessons from the Battle over D.A.R.E.: The Complicated Relationship between Research and Practice (PDF)
Source: The Center for Court Innovation

An examination of the controversy over D.A.R.E., one of the most well-known and widespread crime prevention programs in the country, which has thrived despite research showing less-than-inspiring results. To its critics, D.A.R.E. is a cautionary tale of how criminal justice programs can live on despite evidence of failure. To its defenders, D.A.R.E. is a case study of resilience in the face of adversity. This paper unpacks the complicated relationship between research and practice, drawing lessons for future programming.

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