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BJS Statistical Principles And Practices


The Bureau of Justice Statistics is a unit of the U.S. Department of Justice whose principal function is the compilation and analysis of data and the dissemination of information for statistical purposes. It adheres to the following principles and practices:*

  • A clearly-defined and well-accepted mission
  • A strong position of independence
  • Continual development of more useful data
  • Openness about the sources and limitations of the data provided
  • Wide dissemination of data
  • Cooperation with data users
  • Fair treatment of data providers
  • Commitment to quality and professional standards of practice
  • An active research program
  • Professional advancement of staff
  • Coordination and cooperation with other statistical agencies

    *Based on 2005 National Research Council report, Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency (National Academy Press, Third ed., 2005)
See also: Bureau of Justice Statistics Strategic Plan
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