Center for Policing Equity (CPE) Climate Survey
The CPE’s National Justice Database is always working to improve its data.
The Center for Policing Equity’s (CPE) National Justice Database program compiles data from partner law enforcement agencies (LEAs) as a means to provide standardized assessments of the degree to which they are providing racially equitable policing to their communities. CPE has historically conducted their Climate Survey to selected law enforcement agencies: a survey administered to officers, collecting data on a variety of different attitudes relating to policing and their communities. CPE is looking for recommendations to make ongoing improvements in their process of data collection and analysis.
NORC was tasked to improve the CPE’s survey.
In Spring 2022, CPE contracted with NORC to evaluate the current state of its Climate Survey. The evaluation involved a review of the current Climate Survey methodology as was administered in a mid-sized city in the southern U.S. including internal process guides, survey recruitment materials, and the final dataset and report.
Our recommended changes to the CPE’s Climate Survey will improve data quality.
NORC prepared a final report with recommendations for improving data collection and analysis. Recommendations covered survey recruitment and design, weighting and variance estimation, and an assessment of measurement properties of survey scales (e.g., Classical Test and Factor Analysis).