THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on National Statistics
Committee on Law and Justice
Panel to Review the Programs of the Bureau of Justice Statistics
Ensuring the Quality, Credibility, and Relevance of U.S. Justice Statistics
This new report examines the full range of the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) programs in order to assess and make recommendations for BJS's priorities for data collection. It examines the ways in which BJS statistics are used by Congress, executive agencies, the courts, state and local agencies, and researchers in order to determine the impact of BJS programs and the means to enhance that impact. It also assesses the organization of BJS and its relationships with other data gathering entities in the Department of Justice, as well as with state and local governments, to determine ways to improve the relevance, quality, and cost-effectiveness of justice statistics. Finally, the report considers priority uses for additional funding that may be obtained through budget initiatives or reallocation of resources within the agency. The goal is to assist the Bureau of Justice Statistics to refine its priorities and goals, as embodied in its strategic plan, both in the short and longer terms.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on July 10, 2009 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.