The authors of Elementary Statistics in Criminal Justice Research note 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 National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) [PDF File Size 271KB]. This link will take you to the questionnaire that is used to collect data from respondents (https://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/ncvs109.pdf ). 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. 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?
• What are the advantages and disadvantages of the data that results from the question?