The National Crime Survey Working Papers, Volume 1: Current and Historical
Perspectives.
This volume presents selections pertaining to the objectives of the National Crime Survey and
its design, the early methodological and organizational steps establishing the design,
conceptual issues associated with measuring victimization, and examples of problems and
prospects for using National Crime Survey data. They all were unpublished memos and
internal Census Bureau reports which were specially edited and reformatted for this
compendium, in order to preserve the corpus of methodological work that lay the foundation
for the National Crime Victimization Survey. There are reports of the Baltimore, Washington,
DC, San Jose and Dayton field tests of recall issues, early comparisons of NCS and UCR
findings, and discussions of conceptual issues in the calculation of crime rates. The authors
include some of the pioneers of victimization research: Albert Biderman, Richard Dodge, Linda
Murphy, Anthony Turner, Carol Kalish, Anne Schneider, Richard Sparks (the elder) and
Stephen Fienberg.
The National Crime Survey Working Papers, Volume 2: Methodological Studies.
This volume presents a series of technical papers on methodological issues associated with
the survey. The topics include the issues of series victimization, memory failure, recall bias,
screener design, classification of victimization events, sample design and coverage problems,
bounding and telescoping, rotating sample designs, panel bias, time-in-sample issues,
response effects, and consequences of telephone versus in-person interviewing. The chapters
all were unpublished memos and internal Census Bureau reports which were specially edited
and reformatted for this compendium, in order to preserve the corpus of methodological work
that lay the foundation for the National Crime Victimization Survey.  The authors include
numerous pioneers of methodological research on victimization: Albert Biderman, Richard
Dodge, Linda Murphy, Anthony Turner, Carol Kalish, Harold Lentzner, Albert J. Reiss, Henry
Woltman, John Bushery, Dorcas Graham, Charles Cowan, Lawrence Love, Larry Carstensen,
David Batman and Masato Asanuma.
Measurement Abstracts
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