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Criminal JusticeSince the mid-1970s, SDC's experts have been working with Federal, state and municipal criminal justice agencies to evaluate national programs and local field experiments; implement command, control and communications systems and resource deployment tools; develop innovative computer models of justice operations; and perform basic justice research. Illustratively, we have conducted dozens of evaluative research projects for the Department of Justice. Our study of New York City's arrest system was a finalist for the prestigious Edelman Prize for excellence in management science, and many big city police departments, including New York and Dallas, have used our Hypercube Queuing Model for spatially deploying their patrol cars.

Since 1994, SDC has been evaluating the aggregate impact of the Justice Department's criminal history records improvement programs. Collectively, the programs - notably NCHIP (National Criminal History Improvement Program) - have awarded more than a half-billion dollars to the 56 states and territories. To assist us in our evaluation, we developed the RQI, a state- and national-level Records Quality Index, a barometer of the "health" of our nation's criminal history records systems. Our evaluation findings have helped the states to identify areas of greatest need for improvement and analogously, our findings have helped the Justice Department to fine tune their funding programs.

Measuring Data Quality Improvement
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