Operational Lessons from the Pathways to Desistance Project
Publication Date: July 2004
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Methods; Tracking participants; Pathways to Desistance; Longitudinal studies
Coverage: Pennsylvania Arizona
Implementing a large, longitudinal study of any sample is a major undertaking. The challenges are compounded when the study involves multiple sites and a high-risk sample. This article outlines the methodology for the Pathways to Desistance study, a multisite, longitudinal study of serious juvenile offenders, and discusses the key operational decisions with the greatest impact on the study design.