Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $760,509)
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.
This project will examine the use of alternative modes of data collection, including those that are self-administered. One of the primary motivators for the research is to reduce costs by moving to modes of data collection that are less expensive than in-person interviews, but that do not degrade data quality and possibly improve it. Westat will examine different methods to encourage the use of the less expensive modes (e.g., incentives). A cost-benefit analysis will be conducted that evaluates combinations of modes and different procedures.