content analysis of data sets 3
Please be extremely thorough. Hit distinguished in the scoring guide.
Please use the questions in the assignment as headings in the writing.
I have copied and pasted the Crime Analyst in Action media transcript below.
Link to ICPSR: https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/
Records kept by organizations such as nonpublic records for internal operational purposes can turn out to be valuable sources of data for criminal justice researchers. Additionally, there may be times when public organizations are asked to collect new data for researchers. This can be accomplished by interviews or through observation. Agencies typically use different, and sometimes unclear, units of count to record information collected about people and cases. Thus, the units of analysis represented by agency data may not always be obvious on their face. Archives and agency records may be based on units of analysis that are not suitable for particular research questions. Although it is possible to move from individual to aggregate units of analysis, it is not possible to move in the opposite direction. That said, sampling agency records is relatively simple once the units of analysis are defined. View the Crime Analyst in Action media resource (linked in the Resources) for an example of data analysis, findings, and discussion before you complete this discussion.
In Unit 7, you explored using surveys as a data source. For this discussion, review the survey data sets available through the ICPSR, using either its published directory or its Internet site (linked in the Resources). Then respond to the following in your main post:
- Identify two data sets that might be used to study a research question in which you are interested.
- State your selected research question.
- Use the information in the ICPSR reports about them to determine whether the data set contains the relevant variables you will need to answer your research question.
- Enter key words for your research question into the Find & Analyze Data search field on the ICPSR landing page. A list of studies displays in the search return.
- You can filter your results using the filters listed on the left side of the page.
- You can navigate to the main Find & Analyze Data page from the ICPSR site’s drop-down menu located in the upper right corner of the main page.
- Explore the issues of confidentiality and anonymity in terms of whether they are appropriately addressed.
- Examine whether the information provided was enough to ensure that all ethical guidelines were followed.
Crime analyst in Action:
Andrea compiles the data she has collected and analyzed from the national, state, and local levels as well as the surveys she conducted. Her analysis of the data supports her problem statement! Now, itâ€™s time to prepare the report.
The report begins with the story of the data. While property crimes are trending down on a nationwide basis, urban areas in the state have a high rate of property crimes, specifically home invasion burglaries. Upon further drill-down to the precinct level of data in her city, Precinct 5 has a higher level of burglary crimes than the rest of the city.
In her report, Andrea proposes to focus additional patrols in Precinct 5. Funding in Precinct 5 will leverage the dollars spent most effectively because of the trending increase in the rate of burglaries.
Findings & Discussion
Andrea presents her report to Chief Edwards, and discusses her findings with him, including exactly how the data supports her problem statement, as well as a summary of her research findings.
Chief Edwards is impressed with Andreaâ€™s findings and decides thereâ€™s a strong enough case to ask the City Council for funding to add additional patrols to the Precinct 5.
Andrea and Chief Edwards co-present the report and data to the City Council.
The City Council votes in favor of the additional funding. The data that supports adding street patrols in the third precinct is well received. Andreaâ€™s survey work especially put the Council at ease because the report acknowledged the residentsâ€™ perceptions compared to the data. It was clear that the decision to provide funding for additional patrols in Precinct 5 is supported by data.
Now, itâ€™s on to the next project for Andrea!
When completing a data analysis project, a few key points to remember are:
- Use more than one data source.
- Consider the integrity and appropriateness of data sources.
- Present findings in a clear and concise report.
Take a moment to thoughtfully summarize this scenario.
- What was the benefit of Andrea using more than one data source?
- How would you rate the integrity of the data sources Andrea used, and why?
- Why was it important for Andrea to have a clear and concise report?
|Main Discussion Post Response (60%)|
| Apply critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post.
|Does not apply elements of critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post.||Applies some elements of critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post.||Applies critical thinking or problem solving in the main discussion post.||Applies critical thinking or problem solving to the main discussion post in a comprehensive, step-by-step manner.|
| Use credible information or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion.
|Does not use credible information or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion.||Responds to the discussion, but some or all of the resources used for support are not credible.||Uses credible information or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion.||Uses well- developed, relevant support from credible resources or research to support positions, conclusions, or perspectives in the discussion and impartially considers conflicting data or other perspectives.|