Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the importance of comparative research along with the difficulties in measurement across contexts.
  2. Explain how secondary data analysis is different from the methods we have already examined in this book.
  3. Describe the steps necessary when performing a content analysis.
  4. Describe the different research questions crime mapping can answer.
  5. Understand how computer technology has ushered in our ability to analyze Big Data and the effects this has had on criminal justice–related research.
  6. Describe the strengths and limitations of conducting secondary data analysis.