- What is the research question used by the authors?
- What are the advantages of the authors' chosen methodology for the study in the article?
- What is the value added to research that uses the authors' methodology?
(1)by advancing our knowledge of the social processes that operate in specific locations;
and (2) by contributing to the development and evaluation of new anti-crime policies and programs directed at these locations.
(Rosenbaum & Lavrakas, 1995, p.308)
- What are the challenges and shortcomings of the techniques used by the authors such as survey and interview methods?
- How might you incorporate surveys and interviews with geographical analysis in your own research?
A question that arose for me from your response: does criminology/criminal justice research collect police interviews/interrogations as data and develop "survey" responses? A very quick bing search is giving me nothing but studies regarding the process of police interrogations. I may be using the wrong search terms.
Once upon a time, military intelligence evaluated information on a 2 factor scale; A-E was the range for the reliability of a source, with a score of A representing the most trusted source; 1-5 was the range for the likelihood that the information was accurate, with a score of 1 indicating that the intelligence had been corroborated with another source( so if you got a report that a German tank division was running amok in Chicago during WWII, you would judge that to be a 5, not a likely event)
I can't source this because I lost the book I got this from, a US Army WWII era guide to military intelligence. But it does match your suggestion for scoring interviews!
There is another explanation, which probably fits the usage better:
"Lloyd’s, a British company that insured ships, coined the term. Before any ship was insured, the company inspected it and then rated it. The letters A, E, I, O and U were used to indicate the condition of the hull of the ship, and the numbers 1, 2, 3, etc. were used to indicate the state of the equipment (cables, anchor, etc.) on board. If the ship was rated A1, it meant that both the hull and the equipment were in excellent condition"
I think I would still include all the information as part of the study, but I would have a formal method for explaining why I didn't take some of the information with as much credibility.