Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $190,185)
In 2007, BJS sponsored an expert panel study by The National Research Council of the National Academies of Science to review the National Crime Victimization Survey's (NCVS) methodology and provide recommendations for redesign options in conducting the NCVS. In its interim report, the panel stressed that BJS should carefully study potential changes in study design before incorporating them (Groves & Cork, 2008). BJS has initiated a methodological research program to support the redesign of the NCVS based on panel recommendations.
Under this award, NORC will analyze possible non-response bias present in the NCVS. This project will focus on nonresponse bias at both the household level and person level. It will also examine the presence of possible bias within different demographic groups and determine methods that would be useful in mitigating the effect of bias on the NCVS.