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Ensuring the Quality, Credibility, and Relevance of U.S. Justice Statistics
Recommendation 5.13:BJS should carefully study changes in the NCVSsurvey design before implementing them.
Recommendation 5.14:BJS should study the measurement of emerging orhard-to-reach groups and should develop more appropriate approaches tosampling and measurement of these populations.
Recommendation 5.15:BJS must improve the technical skills of its staff,including mathematical statisticians, computer scientists, survey methodologists, and criminologists.
Finding 6.1: Relatively little is understood about how BJS data are used in developing policy and could be used in improving policy development.
Recommendation 6.1:BJS must ensure that the nation has quality annualestimates of levels and changes in criminal victimization.
Recommendation 6.2:Congress and the administration should ensure thatBJS has a budget that is adequate to field a survey that satisfies the goal inRecommendation 6.1.
Recommendation 6.3:More information about the needs of victims is essential to the compensation and assistance goals of the Office of Victims ofCrime. Congress should allow additional funding for the collection and improvement of victimization data to be obtained from funds obtained throughthe Victims of Crime Act.
Recommendation 6.4:Additional resources made available for the NCVSshould be used not only to increase the reliability of annual estimates butalso to supplement the survey in ways that increase our understanding ofcriminal victimization.