outside the federal government to begin the coordination process, obtain information about other disability-related surveys, and brainstorm on the issues and possible strategies. In October 1999, BJS officials participated in the workshop that is summarized in this report. Based on all of these activities and a review of the attributes of the NCVS, BJS staff began to construct a strategy, the components of which are:
1. Adding questions to the existing NCVS to determine whether a person has a disability.
2. Developing modifications to question wordings, proxy respondent rules, interview procedures, and interviewer training to improve the information-gathering process in the context of the NCVS interview.
3. Exploring enhancement of the NCVS sampling frame to oversample people with disabilities.
4. Exploring enhancement of the NCVS sampling frame to include an institutional component.
Given the difficulties, detailed in this chapter, of using the NCVS to measure the victimization of people with disabilities, this strategy is being implemented in phases. The first two items constitute the first phase and are the focus of current efforts. The last two items have been discussed but are presently tabled as future activities until BJS can determine whether the first phase can be completed successfully.1
1 The material on current and future BJS plans is briefly summarized here from a paper entitled "Developing the Capability to Measure Crime Victimization of People With Disabilities,” delivered at the 2000 National Conference of the American Society of Criminology in San Francisco, November 17, 2000, by Michael Rand, Victimization Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics.