How was your day? : exploring a day in the life of probation workers across Europe using practice diaries

ROKKAN, Tore, PHILLIPS, Jake, LULEI, Martin, POLENDA, Sorina and KENSEY, Annie (2015). How was your day? : exploring a day in the life of probation workers across Europe using practice diaries. European Journal of Probation, 7 (3), 201-217.

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This paper presents a reflection upon the preliminary analysis of diary research conducted during the period 2014-2015 in five European countries (England and Wales, France, Norway, Romania and Slovakia). The authors gathered and analysed data from a pilot project which used semi-structured diaries to generate data on probation workers’ daily lives with a view to understanding ‘a day in the life’ of probation officers across jurisdictions. The findings open up questions in relation to diary research in probation practice (diary format, follow-up interview etc.) and we use this article to discuss the relative advantages and benefits of using diary research in this area. We conclude with the argument that diaries as a method of social research hold considerable potential for conducting research in the context of probation but acknowledge that the method we employed requires some development and greater clarification in terms of the aims of the research.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1177/2066220315610242
Depositing User: Jake Phillips
Date Deposited: 10 Dec 2015 11:53
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 21:48

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