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A Pilot Test to Improve Methods to Collect Self-Report Data on Rape and Sexual Assault

Award Information

Awardee
Award #
2011-NV-CX-K074
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2011
Total funding (to date)
$11,123,229

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $10,071,862)

Under this cooperative agreement, Westat will develop and test optimum data collection procedures for self-report data on rape and sexual assault. The focus of the research is to develop, implement, and test survey methods for providing estimates of rape and sexual assault, and to determine the feasibility of using these procedures in the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) program. Two different designs for collecting self-report data on rape and sexual assault will be developed and tested. One of these designs will be an optimal design identified by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and a CNSTAT panel convened to assess the optimum data collection methodology for rape and sexual assault. The second design will be one very similar to those used by Dean Kilpatrick and his colleagues, which is frequently cited as an alternative to the NCVS for estimating the prevalence and incidence of rape and sexual assault.

The test will assess the relative feasibility, cost, and error components of the two designs. More specifically, the test will address the relative accuracy and quality of the estimates of the prevalence and incidence of rape and sexual assault across the survey designs. An important component of the research will be an assessment of whether the improved design could be implemented within the existing NCVS program and, if not, what vehicle would be appropriate. The study has three key objectives:

1. Develop and pilot test an optimal design to collect self-report data on rape and sexual assault.

2. Develop and pilot test a comparison design using Random Digit Dialing (RDD) to collect self-report data on rape and sexual assault.

3. Conduct detailed analytical comparisons of the two designs against each other and the existing NCVS program.(CA/NCF)

Date Created: September 21, 2011