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National Crime Victimization Survey Redesign: Measuring Crime in the NCVS

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Date Published
June 2023
167 pages

This report describes testing efforts to develop and assess a new National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) instrument. This testing was a part of the NCVS Instrument Redesign and Testing Project, a major multiyear effort to revamp the existing core survey instrument, which was last updated in 1992. The effort had three main goals: modernize the organization and content of the NCVS instrument, increase the quality of information collected and efficiency of the instrument flow, and improve the measurement and classification of crime. This report details findings from a large-scale national field test to compare differences in the measurement of criminal victimization between two versions of the core NCVS instrument. It examines the performance of the Victimization Screener and Crime Incident Report used in determining the type of crime.

Date Published: June 1, 2023