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Evaluating Network Sampling in Victimization Surveys in Peoria, Illinois, 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Czaja, Ronald
  • Blair, Johnny
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice
Free Keywords
crime reporting; households; population characteristics; program evaluation; victimization; victims
  • Abstract

    This data collection evaluates the advantages of network sampling over traditional methods in conducting crime and victimization surveys. Network sampling links population households in specified ways, for reporting purposes, in order to increase the likelihood of locating households with particular characteristics. The investigators conducted a reverse record check survey of victims and a network survey with a random sample of the victims' relatives and close friends. The researchers compared the extent to which crime victims reported their victimization experiences in a general crime and victimization interview and the extent to which a randomly selected relative or close friend of each victim reported the same victimization in the same type of interview. In addition, they examined whether significant reporting differences were evident by type of crime and by various demographic variables.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-02 / 1986-09
    Time period: 1986-02--1986-09
  • 1986-10 / 1987-01
    Collection date: 1986-10--1987-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Illinois
  • Peoria
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Victims of robbery, burglary, or assault living in the Peoria, Illinois area.
The sample was selected using a disproportionate stratified probability sample with systematic random sampling within strata. The stratification was done by type of respondent (victim, network member, and decoy) and by type of victimization (robbery, burglary, and assault). The sample of crime victims was selected from the records of the Peoria, Illinois Police Department.
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (85-IJ-CX-0032).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9968 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09968.v1
  • Czaja, Ronald, Blair, Johnny. Using network sampling in crime victimization surveys. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.6, (2), 185-206.1990.
  • Czaja, R., Blair, J.. Evaluating Network Sampling in Victimization Surveys, Final Report. Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 1989.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Czaja, Ronald; Blair, Johnny (1993): Evaluating Network Sampling in Victimization Surveys in Peoria, Illinois, 1986. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.