Photos courtesy of Louisville Convention and Vistors Bureau
BJS/JRSA National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on October 18-19, 2012
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Preconference Seminars
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  Preconference Seminars

1. Addressing Offender Population Management Issues Using Risk Assessment: An Introduction to the LS/CMI
Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

The Level of Service/Case Management Inventory (LS/CMI), the current version of the widely used Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) tool, incorporates a case management function and measures the risk and need factors of late adolescent and adult offenders. This seminar will provide an overview of the research on risk/need instruments, focusing on the LS/CMI, and discuss why the instruments are important. A goal is for participants to gain a better understanding of the relevance of the LS/CMI to their state or jurisdiction. 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. Through discussion and interactive exercises, seminar participants will 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. Participants who have laptops are encouraged to bring them to practice entering a case using the online program. Two people can share a laptop, and a limited number will be available.

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



2. Primer on Descriptive and Inferential Statistics
Tuesday, October 16, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

This seminar will begin with a review of descriptive and inferential statistics, which are interrelated. It is common to use techniques of descriptive statistics to organize and summarize information from a sample before carrying out an inferential analysis. After basic concepts are introduced, the instructor will guide participants in making a meaningful transition from descriptive to inferential analysis.

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



3. Interpreting Statistical Tests and Their Outputs
Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Statistical analysis is very important with regard to data-based reports, projects, policy, and the general understanding of information processed on a daily basis. Although many people are comfortable with descriptive statistics, often they have misunderstandings involving inferential statistics. This seminar will provide participants with a general understanding of when to use different inferential statistical tests and how to interpret their results.

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



4. Evidence-Based Practice: What We Know Now
Tuesday, October 16, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The national emphasis on evidence-based practice (EBP) has resulted in a number of criminal justice resources (such as CrimeSolutions.gov) that designate programs as model, promising, or innovative. This seminar will review these resources, explain how they define EBP, and discuss ways the states can best make use of this information. Because there are a number of crime problems faced by the states for which there are no designated "best practice" or "model program" solutions, we will also focus on the collection and interpretation of research and data to address these problems. The seminar will also present findings from a JRSA research project that studied the acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence in the states, including state and system characteristics that affect the states' ability to support evidence-based practices. The discussion will include an overview of what is known about sustainability of EBP in the states.

Instructors:
Stan Orchowsky, Ph.D., Research Director
Justice Research and Statistics Association

Carrie Williamson, Ph.D., Research Associate
Justice Research and Statistics Association



5. Current Topics in Crime Mapping and Analysis Using GIS
Wednesday, October 17, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

This seminar will focus on some of the basic techniques and general trends of geographic information system (GIS) mapping and analysis. A brief introduction will cover the basics of mapping, followed by a discussion of issues such as buffering, hot spot analysis, geocoding data, and analysis, which command attention because of their discretionary interpretations.

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



6. Improving State Crime Trend Analysis: An Exploration of Imputation Methods Using NIBRS Data
Wednesday, October 17, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The voluntary nature of crime reporting contributes to questions of accuracy and completeness, which affect data quality, policy decisions, and the depiction of crime trends when using National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data. These issues make using and interpreting the NIBRS data challenging, and limit the utility of these data for tracking state and/or local crime trends. Being able to identify and address data inconsistencies that result from such factors as irregular reporting and missing values would greatly improve the quality and utility of NIBRS data. This interactive session will provide tools and guidance for improving the capacity of states to derive more stable estimates of crime trends using incident-based data. It will focus on practical and simple techniques, with step-by-step instruction to assist analysts, researchers, and state repository staff in making better use of NIBRS crime count data. Participants will learn about the development of methods, view examples that illustrate common problems with state-level IBRS data, and engage in hands-on exercises to apply techniques to sample data. Participants who have laptops are encouraged to bring them.

Instructor:
Christina LaValle, Research Analyst
West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services