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National Crime Victimization Survey Redesign: Police Performance and Neighborhood Safety

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Date Published
June 2023
45 pages

This final report on the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Instrument Redesign and Testing Project (NCVS-R) summarizes the performance of the police and community measures items on the NCVS-R Field Test, which was conducted between October 2019 and May 2020.


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 discusses two new modules on police performance and community safety that are included in the new instrument. It details the performance of the police and community items based on findings from a large-scale national field test.

Date Published: June 1, 2023