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National Crime Victimization Survey Redesign: Technical Background

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Date Published
October 1994
Explains changes in the questionnaire and survey procedures and shows the impact on findings of the redesign.

This report, prepared by the U.S. Bureau of the Census unit that collects data for the NCVS, explains the technical aspects of the redesign program. Comparing the old and new questionnaire, the report discusses wording of questions and changes in methodology, procedures, definitions, and offense classifications. It explains reasons for differences in crime rates and for the overlap between the old and new methods.

Date Published: October 10, 1994