Step One: Define the Problem

As stated earlier, residents in the NW quadrant of Devonville have been complaining about unsupervised juveniles hanging out in the neighborhood and committing crime during the day. Darcy needs to provide solid evidence of an actual problem to support their complaints.

Data are documented information or evidence of any kind.  There are a variety of sources where Darcy can obtain more information about her community to determine the extent of the juvenile crime problem, including:

  • Police records
  • School attendance logs
  • Conversations with members of the community
  • Census information
  • State criminal and juvenile statistics agencies


Here are some suggested resources for assessing a problem in your state or local community:

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