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Methodological Research to Support the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence

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Date Published
March 2024
338 pages

This report describes comprehensive efforts to review and assess the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) and recommends alternate approaches. The NatSCEV study design and methodology warranted reassessment. One reason for this reassessment is because response rates have seriously declined over NatSCEV cycles, decreasing from 79% of eligible respondents in 2003 to rates as low as 10% for some components of the sample in 2014. To improve future NatSCEV response rates, Westat and the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire collaborated with BJS and OJJDP to consider a range of design options, such as using an online questionnaire and internet panels.

Date Published: March 29, 2024