Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice Research

In your readings for this module, you will find that researchers have many different social science tools
(e.g., survey research, statistics) at their disposal. One of the most important surveys for criminal justice
research is the (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. National Crime Victimization
SurveyPreview the document (NCVS) (Bureau of Statistics, n.d.) [PDF, File Size 271 KB].
The link will take you to the questionnaire that is used to collect data from respondents. While you will not
be collecting data in this class, it is important to see how data is collected and to understand its relationship
to the data analysis methods you will use. Review the questionnaire and provide examples of questions
that will result in nominal, ordinal, and interval data. Select one example question for each level of
measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio).
For each question you select, address the following:
Quote (copy) the question.
What type of data will result from the answers to this question? Explain your answer.
What data do you think the researcher is trying to get with this question? What criminal justice issue(s) is
the researcher trying to understand or clarify with this question?
Bureau of Justice Statistics. (n.d.). National crime victimization survey (NCVS) (Links to an external
site.)Links to an external site. [PDF, File Size 271 KB]. Retrieved from
https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ncvs 109. pdf