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Tempe, AZ - April 5-6, 2017

The first in a series of Regional Training Institutes for Statistical Analysis Center staff was held in Tempe, Arizona, Arpil 5-6, 2017. This Training Institute provided information and training to SAC staff, that was intended to enhance their capacity to collect and analyze criminal justice data in their states and to support BJS in its mission to collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, offenders, and victims.

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Wednesday, April 5th

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.  Breaking Down Data Silos and Assessing Data Quality

Constance Kostelac, Wisconsin and Thea Mounts, Washington
While the specific tasks and responsibilities of SACs may vary across states and territories, many SACs recognize the increasing need to integrate and assess the quality of data sourced from various criminal justice and state agencies. With this in mind this session addresses two main issues: 1) Establishing relationships to facilitate data sharing and the integration of datasets not initial built with data sharing in mind and 2) Discussing the various data quality issues faced by SACs and the methods utilized to address them.

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  JRSA and the SAC

Lisa Shoaf, Ohio and Stan Orchowsky, JRSA
JRSA will present on the status of the SJS and other projects as well as discuss enhancing collaboration between JRSA and the SACs.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  Lunch and Meet your grant monitor

Stephanie Burroughs, Terrance Ealey, and Ron Planty, BJS
Lunch will provide an opportunity for SACs to get to know their grant monitor better and ask questions in an informal environment.

1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Skill building Session: Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) - Instructor: Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson, Michael Wilson Consulting
Cost benefit analysis can be used to determine if the impact of a new policy or program will produce enough of a benefit to warrant the cost. This session will introduce participants to the information and tools necessary to conduct a CBA, and will discuss the advantages and drawbacks of this approach. Criminal justice data will be utilized to demonstrate how to conduct this type of analysis and interpret the results.

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Break

3:45 p.m - 5:00 p.m  The Evolving Status of Crime Data Reporting

Kimberly Martin BJS, Alexia Cooper, BJS and Jackie Vandercook, Tennessee
With the 2013 introduction of the BJS NCS-X Initiative and the 2016 announcement by the FBI of a full transition to NIBRS by 2021 there is great change ahead for many states and their UCR programs. With this in mind, this panel will discuss the evolution of IBR data, from both a state and federal perspective, as well as what these changes mean for SACs and other stakeholders, addressing both the challenges and benefits.

Thursday, April 6th

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Making Data Available Online

Constance Kostelac, Wisconsin, Matt Bileski, Arizona, and Kile Beisner, Iowa
Many SACs have utilized SJS funding to implement web-based applications that allow stakeholders and the public greater access to criminal justice data. This session highlights the various types of methods and data used by SACs in establishing a web-based application as well as any challenges and subsequent troubleshooting techniques implemented to achieve SAC objectives.

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  Challenges in Measuring Recidivism

Kelly Officer, Oregon, Erin Sheridan, Illinois and Matt Durose, BJS
Measuring criminal reoffending is a complex issue. While there are several commonly used measures of recidivism, actual approaches to measuring recidivism vary greatly. Variation can be attributed to numerous factors, not the least of which include lack of data or access to specific measures. This session will present the various challenges SACs have faced in measuring recidivism, the approaches utilized in the face of these challenges, and the importance of consistent measures across studies.

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Break

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Skill building Session: Propensity Score Matching (PSM) - Instructor: Gary Sweeten

Gary Sweeten, Arizona State University
Propensity Score Matching (PSM) is a useful tool for evaluating the impact of programs when implementing a randomized controlled trial is not feasible. This skill building session will introduce participants to the information and the tools necessary to conduct PSM. Criminal justice data will be utilized to demonstrate how to conduct this type of analysis and interpret the results.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch: The Nuts and Bolts of SAC
This session will address the common policies and practices for effectively running a SAC as well as facilitate a discussion amongst SACs regarding common challenges and solutions.

Special Session: Overcoming Challenges in Collecting and Analyzing Drug-Related Criminal Justice System Data

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  Introductions and Overview of JRSA Project
Linda Truitt, NIJ, Stan Orchowsky, and Erin Farley, JRSA

2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Break

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Identifying Data Access and Impact of Marijuana Legislation
Jack Reed, Colorado and Mary Stohr, Washington State University

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Discussion of Data Access Challenges

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