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NCJ Number: 122177 Find in a Library
Title: Current and Future National Crime Survey (From Measuring Crime: Large-Scale, Long-Range Efforts, P 97-118, 1990, Doris Layton MacKenzie, Phyllis Jo Baunach, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-122173)
Author(s): J P Lynch
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
West Sacramento, CA 95605
Sale Source: California Correctional Peace Officers Assoc
755 Riverpoint Drive
West Sacramento, CA 95605
United States of America
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After reviewing the development and current redesign of the National Crime Survey (NCS), this chapter discusses the near-term changes and the long-term redesign of the NCS.
Abstract: Since its inception in the early 1970's, the NCS has been criticized regarding its accuracy, utility, and cost. The Bureau of Justice Statistics commissioned a redesign of the NCS by a consortium of research organizations. The development of new instrumentation was a major emphasis of the redesign. In keeping with the plan for a two-phase implementation, the consortium proposed a series of improvements in the survey that could be implemented in the near term, i.e., on or before July 1986. Four general types of changes in the survey were recommended for introduction in the near term: expansion in the scope of crimes, improving the accuracy of data currently collected, and expanding the range of information on outcomes of victimization events. Changes scheduled for implementation in the long term were not constrained by series continuity. The primary objective of these changes is to improve the accuracy and utility of NCS data while reducing the unit cost of the survey.
Main Term(s): National crime surveys
Index Term(s): Crime Statistics; Data collections; Victimization surveys
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