Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $83,715)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI) is designated as the states Statistical Analysis Center (SAC). The SAC will conduct two 2015 SJS award projects for redesigning the Crime in Oklahoma report and conducting a crime victimization survey (CVS).
Under the 2015 SJS Core Capacity area, the SAC will increase access to statistical data through enhancing data sources and improving analytic capabilities to redesign the Crime in Oklahoma report. The goal of the redesign is to enhance the arrest and crime data available to requestors and key stakeholders. The OK SAC will also include data from the State Incident-Based Reporting System (SIBRS). By incorporating incident-based data, the SAC hopes to demonstrate the usefulness of this form of data reporting to all law enforcement in Oklahoma. As the SAC moves away from summary data to incident-based data, it will assist in supporting the efforts of the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X).
Under the 2015 SJS Special Emphasis area, the SAC will conduct a CVS to provide state-level estimates of victimization that are comparable to BJSs National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). The target population will be the total state household adult population of Oklahoma. OSBI will contract with the University of Oklahoma Public Opinion Laboratory (OU POLL) who will purchase a randomly generated sample frame of sufficient size for the modes that will be used for the research. The survey will be completed using mixed modes. OU POLL will purchase a randomly generated sample size for both address-based and cell phone samples. Responses to the survey will be obtained by phone or the Internet. Data from the cell phone sample will be obtained using a Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. The final sample size will consist of 750 interviews. Collected data will be cleaned by OU POLL before it is delivered to OSBI. OSBI will be responsible for performing item estimates and data will be analyzed using SPSS. Key estimates will be produced for crime victimization, property loss values, crimes reported to police and police reports filed, perceptions of safety, law enforcement, and crime in respondents community, gun ownership, crime prevention, strategies, perceptions of capital punishment, released offenders, and criminal justice spending. Estimates will also be produced for identity theft victimization.