Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice


The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is sponsoring its annual Quantitative Analysis of Crime and Criminal Justice Data summer workshop.. This four-week intensive seminar features an overview of many of the data collections compiled by BJS and promotes the use of these data through individual projects. The seminar provides an issue-oriented examination of BJS data and their use to answer substantive criminal justice questions. It also offers a methodological exploration of data challenges such as sampling error, measurement error, and complex file structure. The seminar consists of a series of lectures, discussions with guest speakers, and practical exercises. Participants obtain hands-on experience by designing, completing and presenting a quantitative research project using a BJS dataset of their choosing. The Workshop is designed for faculty and research professionals from academia, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, including advanced social science graduate students who are familiar with data analysis and quantitative research.

Admission to the Workshop is competitive. Participants are selected based on their interests, research experience, and methodological training. Enrollment is limited to 12 participants. BJS provides stipend support to offset transportation and per diem expenses. The Workshop is offered as part of the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods. Participants may enroll in an additional Summer Program course at no additional expense.

Individuals interested in applying for the Workshop need to submit an application packet that includes the following:

  • a short letter of interest,
  • contact information for a reference such as a dissertation chair or other professional knowledgeable with the applicant's work,
  • a current vita, and
  • a 1-2 page description of the applicant's proposed research project that utilizes BJS data. The research proposal should identify the proposed research question and its importance, the BJS data to be used, and a general description of how the data can be used to answer the research question. Application evaluation will focus on evidence that the applicant has thoughtfully considered the research question posed rather than expertise with the particular dataset.

Applications must be submitted online through the ICPSR Summer Program Portal.

BJS Datasets: the Workshop focuses on BJS data housed at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. BJS datasets include but are not limited to

  • National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS),
  • NCVS School Crime Supplement,
  • Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS),
  • Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSSLEA),
  • Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) Summary System,
  • National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS),
  • State Court Processing Statistics (SCPS),
  • National Judicial Reporting Program (NJRP),
  • Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP),
  • Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities (SISFCF),
  • Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ), and
  • Recidivism of Prisoners Released.

For a complete list of BJS datasets, go to www.icpsr.umich.edu/NACJD/archive.html and click on Browse BJS-funded studies. For a list of data series, click on View serial data collections and look for those marked BJS.

Deadlines: All application materials must be submitted no later than April 30. Accepted participants will be notified by May 15.

For questions about the Workshop, BJS data, or NACJD, please contact

  • Lynn Addington (adding@american.edu),
  • or
  • Tim Bynum (tsbynum@umich.edu).

Tags: crime, criminal justice, BJS data,

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