those purposes, except insofar as operating intelligence is a by-product of understanding broad trends and patterns of victimization.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. A substantially greater proportion of [Office of Justice Programs] resources should be allocated to delineation of product objectives, to managerial coordination, to data analysis and dissemination, and to a continuing program of methodological research and evaluation. We are concerned about the current balance between resources allocated to data collection and resources allocated to all other aspects of the victimization survey effort.

  2. The staff providing managerial and analytic support for the NCS should be expanded to include the full-time efforts of at least 30 to 40 professional employees. Without this expansion, the NCS cannot be developed to achieve its potential for practical utility.

  3. A coordinator at the Bureau of the Census should be appointed whose responsibilities would crosscut the various Census operations that support the NCS.

  4. The staff that performs NCS analysis and report-writing functions, whether LEAA employees or otherwise, should have an active role in the management of the NCS. Specifically, the analytic staff should participate in the development of objectives for substantive reports and publication schedules. Once analytic plans are formulated, the analysis staff should have autonomy in specifying tabulations to be used in support of the analysis, and it should have direct access to complete NCS data files and to data processing resources. It should be the analytic staff’s responsibility to formulate statistical or other criteria used in hypothesis testing. Finally, a feedback mechanism should be instituted through which the staff can influence decisions on the content of survey instruments, on field and code procedures, and on analytic and methodological research to be undertaken.

  5. Resources now used for the nationwide household survey and for the independent city-level household surveys should be consolidated and used for carrying out an integrated national program. The integrated effort could produce not only nationwide and regional data, but, on the same timetable, estimates for separately identifiable Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs) and for at least the five largest central cities within them. For some purposes, it would be practicable and perhaps useful to combine data for 2 or more years and to



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