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How to Measure Law for Quantitative Research – Resource Guide


For guidance in conducting multidisciplinary evaluations using legal data, researchers may wish to consult the following publications that serve as guides to applying the scientific method to measure the law for quantitative research:

Anderson, E.D., Tremper, C., Thomas, S., & Wagenaar, A. (2013). Measuring statutory law and regulations for empirical research. In A.C.Wagenaar & S. Burris (Eds.), Public health law research: Theory and methods (1st ed., pp. 237-260). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Burris, S. & Anderson, E. (2010). The challenges of quantitative public health law research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39(1):99-101.

Burris, S., Wagenaar, A.C., Swanson, J.W., Ibrahim, J.K., Wood, J., Mello, M.M. (2010). Making the case for laws that improve health: A framework for public health law research. Milbank Quarterly, 88(2):169-210.

Naimi, T.S., Blanchette, J., Nelson, T.F., Nguyen, T., Oussayef, N., Heeren, T.C., Gruenewald, P., Mosher, J., & Xuan, Z. (2014). A new scale of the U.S. alcohol policy environment and its relationship to binge drinking. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 46(1):10-16.

Pacula, R.L., Powell, D., Heaton, P., & Sevigny, E.L. (2015, Winter). Assessing the effects of medical marijuana laws on marijuana use: The devil is in the details. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 34 (1): 7-31.

Presley, D., & Burris, S. (2014). A Scan of Existing 50 State Survey and Policy Surveillance Resources. Temple University Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-01.

Tremper, C., Thomas, S., & Wagenaar, A.C. (2010). Measuring law for evaluation research. Evaluation Review, 34:242-66.

Wagenaar, A.C., & Burris, S., (Eds.). (2013). Public Health Law Research: Theory and Methods. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

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