BJS/JRSA 2009 National Conference - October 22-23, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri
Pre- and Postconference Seminars
Hotel and Travel Information
Speaker Biographies
Session Abstracts
  Pre- and Postconference Seminars

1. Current Topics in Crime Mapping and Analysis Using Geographic Information Systems (Hands-On) CANCELLED

2. Addressing Offender Population Management Issues using Risk Assessment: An Introduction to the LS/CMI
Tuesday, October 20, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Seminar Description: The Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI) is the most recent version of the widely used Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R). This tool, which incorporates a case management function, measures the risk and need factors of late adolescent and adult offenders. This seminar will orient participants to risk and needs assessments, focusing on the LS/CMI. It will provide an overview of the research on risk/need instruments, including the research/theory behind the LS series, and discuss why the instruments are important. A central goal of the workshop is for participants to leave with a better understanding of the relevance of the LS/CMI to their state and whether they should pursue adopting such an instrument in their state/jurisdictions. Group discussion will highlight how such instruments as the LS/CMI can be used as part of a comprehensive plan for addressing offender population management issues via diversion strategies and early release mechanisms. Seminar participants will also use group discussion and interactive exercises to learn how such instruments are administered, how scores are calculated, and how scores are used in the development of comprehensive offender supervision and treatment plans.

Stephen Haas, Ph.D., Statistical Analysis Center Director
West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services

3. Cost-Benefit Analysis
Tuesday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seminar Description: Policy makers often decide where to invest limited tax revenues without having a way to estimate the expected return on that investment. Cost-benefit analysis, however, can provide policy makers with an estimate of the benefits of investing in a given program. This seminar will provide a step-by-step description of the methodology used to create a cost-benefit model for programs designed to reduce crime. We will discuss how to estimate taxpayer and victimization costs of crime, and also how to use an effect size of a program to determine the estimated number of crimes avoided and the estimated benefit of avoiding them. This seminar is designed to be very practical, giving analysts the resources to develop a cost-benefit model in their state.

Mike Wilson, Economist/Statistical Analysis Center Director
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission

4. Basic Evaluation Concepts and Methods
Wednesday, October 21, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Seminar Description: This workshop is designed to provide participants with a basic yet comprehensive overview of program evaluation essentials. Participants will learn the critical concepts, key terms, and primary methods used in the evaluation of criminal justice programs. Basic evaluation theory and principles, logic models, performance measurement, process evaluation, and outcome evaluation will be covered. Basic qualitative and quantitative methods and common experimental and quasi-experimental designs will be described, along with their strengths and weaknesses. Key considerations in managing an evaluation project and working with an evaluator will also be discussed.

Roger Przybylski, President/Consultant
RKC Group
Lakewood, Colorado

5. General Demonstration of Inferential Statistics
Wednesday, October 21, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Seminar Description: Although most people are comfortable with the use of descriptive statistics in research, projects, policy, and general information processed on a daily basis, they often are confused by the use of inferential statistics. This workshop provides participants with a general understanding of the use of different inferential statistical tests such as: t-tests, ANOVA, regression, correlations, and chi square. The course will focus on: (1) when to use particular tests, (2) how to conduct the tests, and (3) how to interpret their results.

Jamie Price, President
Socialphenom, Inc.
West Palm Beach, Florida

6. Evidence-Based Programming: What Works and How We Know CANCELLED

7. Just Plain Data Analysis: Using Social Indicator Data to Make Sound Policy
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Seminar Description: This seminar addresses three practical skills: finding the good data, effectively presenting those data, and making sound interpretations. Good data presentation skills are to data-based analysis what good writing is to literature, and some of the same principles apply to both. Poor tabular and graphical presentations often obscure critical facts and lead both readers and writers to draw erroneous conclusions from their data. Data interpretation entails drawing valid conclusions from numerical comparisons and recognizing and avoiding common statistical fallacies in data-based arguments. The seminar will also address how some statistical agencies hide data in plain sight, provide examples of bad graphical design from criminal justice research, and offer tips on using the Excel 2007 charting software.

Gary M. Klass, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Politics and Government
Illinois State University