Callie Rennison, Bureau of Justice Statistics

The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) design, sampling and estimating schemes are among the most complex used in a research effort of this scale. As a result of this complexity, some researchers have misused the NCVS, while others have avoided using it entirely. To ameliorate this situation, the authors offer a guide designed to demystify NCVS data and its use. Topics include: downloading data, weighting procedures, variance estimates, generating rates and analyzing relationships. In addition, parameters needed for calculations and programs necessary for hypothesis testing are made available. The objective of this guide (and later, internet site) is to provide a user-friendly document with research and educational applications.

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Updated 05/20/2006