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Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC)

Award Information

Award #
2016-BJ-CX-K036
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$5,525,406

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $826,308)

This award will support various activities to implement BJS’s Survey of Prison Inmates Statistical Support Center (SPISSC). The SPISSC is designed to provide scientific and technical support for statistical and methodological research, statistical analyses, data linkage, documentation, and dissemination services in support of BJS’s Survey of Prison Inmates (SPI). It will also enhance the utility and relevance of BJS’s statistical reporting program from the SPI and other federal sources of data that complement the SPI; increase the use of the SPI data by various stakeholders, including by researchers to focus on key challenges in the correctional field and strategies for dealing with them; and provide non-statistical audiences with translational products to increase the use of these statistics by the larger community of stakeholders and practitioners. Through this project, BJS seeks to expand its capacity to analyze the SPI data and leverage administrative records to supplement the survey data, document the analyses and expand on the survey documentation, and increase the understanding and use of the SPI data by the broader research and stakeholder communities. The goal is to increase the breadth and depth of substantive issues that are addressed with the SPI and supplementary data sources, both in the short-run and longer-term.

The activities conducted through the SPISSC will focus on three main goals in support of the SPI: 1) enhance the utility of the SPI data by conducting substantive analyses and methodological research to implement the SPISSC research agenda; 2) leverage administrative records to supplement and enhance the 2016 SPI data and conduct future studies of prisoners; and 3) enhance the understanding and use of the SPI data by the broader research and stakeholder communities. The SPISSC is designed to increase the value of the SPI, both internally and externally, and assist BJS in developing a more active statistical research program in corrections, specifically on incarceration and prisoners. The primary tasks necessary to achieve these goals include: 1) identify and retain affiliates who can provide substantive and methodological expertise to implement the SPISSC research agenda; 2) assist with the production of substantive and methodological products in support of the SPISSC research agenda; 3) undertake methodological research to assess the quality and reliability of administrative records to expand on the 2016 SPI data for statistical purposes and develop consistent and reliable statistical indicators; 4) establish and maintain a SPI center for data and resources; 5) support BJS-sponsored research fellowship programs using the SPI data; and 6) develop an efficient and effective project management strategy.

This initial award covers the costs of the first year of the full 5-year SPISSC project. BJS intends to supplement the award with additional funding in subsequent years of the project, contingent upon the availability of funds and on grantee performance. CA/NCF

Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.

Date Created: September 13, 2016