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Title: Referral Agency Interview and Narrative Forms
Author(s): E J Scott
Corporate Author: Fort Lauderdale Police Dept
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 68
Sponsoring Agency: Fort Lauderdale Police Dept
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-NI-AX-0020
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The methodology and instruments used to obtain information about the characteristics and practices of social service agencies and their patterns of interaction with police agencies are described.
Abstract: The information obtained from the Referral Agency Interview and Narrative Forms permitted the classification of community agencies according to the extent of their cooperation with police, the scope of social services they provide, their history of service provision, and their availability to both the police and the public. Budget information was also secured to help calculate the costs of alternative methods of social service delivery systems. The instruments were planned as conversational guides, all or part of which could be administered to persons expert in various aspects of agency operation. Structured answers were coded on the interview form itself, while lengthy, unstructured answers were recorded in narrative style on the Referral Agency Narrative Form. In selecting agencies for interviews, the following criteria were applied: an agency had to handle at least 1 of the 10 social problems identified in the Referral Agency Interview Form, and it had to accept police referrals. A total of 103 referral agencies were interviewed (36 in Rochester, N.Y.; 42 in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla.; and 25 in St. Louis, Mo.). Although some problems were encountered in administering the Referral Agency Interview Form, interviewing generally went smoothly, with most respondents having little trouble with the questions. The combination of precoded and narrative data apparently captured the complexities and nuances of police referral effectively. Appended are the interview forms, a sample narrative, the Citizen Organization/Referral Agency Identification Form, instructions for conducting referral agency interviews, general coding instructions, the referral agency log sheet, and the agency and police unit type list.
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Police social services; Questionnaires; Referral services; Surveys
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