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Surveying Victims: Options for Conducting the National Crime Victimization Survey
Recommendation 4.9:The falling response rates of NCVS arelikely to continue, with attendant increasing field costs to avoidtheir decline. BJS should sponsor nonresponse bias studies, following current OMB guidelines, to guide trade-off decisionsamong costs, response rates, and nonresponse error.
Recommendation 5.1:BJS should establish a scientific advisoryboard for the agency’s programs; a particular focus should beon maintaining and enhancing the utility of the NCVS.
Recommendation 5.2:BJS should perform additional and advanced analysis of NCVS data. To do so, BJS should expand itscapacity in the number and training of personnel and the abilityto let contracts.
Recommendation 5.3:BJS should undertake research to continuously evaluate and improve the quality of NCVS estimates.
Recommendation 5.4:BJS should continue to improve the availability of NCVS data and estimates in ways that facilitate useraccess.
Recommendation 5.5:The Census Bureau and BJS should ensure that geographically identified NCVS data are available toqualified researchers through the Census Bureau’s research datacenters, in a manner that ensures proper privacy protection.
Recommendation 5.6:The Statistical Policy Office of the U.S.Office of Management and Budget is uniquely positioned toidentify instances in which statistical agencies have been unableto perform basic sample or survey maintenance functions. Forexample, BJS was unable to update the NCVS household sampleto reflect population and household shifts identified in the 2000census until 2007. The Statistical Policy Office should note suchbreakdowns in basic survey maintenance functions in its annualreportStatistical Programs of the United States Government.
Recommendation 5.7:Because BJS is currently receiving inadequate information about the costs of the NCVS, the CensusBureau should establish a data-based, data-driven survey costand information system.