Moving to NIBRS: Insights into Past, Present, and Future of Incident-Based Reporting

March 5, 2020
3:00pm - 4:00pm

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced it will stop collecting Uniform Crime Report (UCR) summary data starting on January 1, 2021.  In place of summary data, the FBI will only collect data through the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).  In preparation for this transition, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has provided funding to agencies under the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), understanding this change is a major transformation for how national crime data are collected.  Still, there are many questions about what NIBRS reporting means for individual agencies and states, especially when it comes to the immediate benefits and challenges of using incident-based data.

The Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) has been a partner in the (NCS-X) since its inception last decade, working directly on the concerns of agencies, best practices, and case studies of successfully-transitioned agencies.

This webinar will cover what NIBRS and the NCS-X initiative are, the most common concerns about transitioning to incident-based reporting, success stories providing clear agency benefits, and how all stakeholders can keep the big-data momentum going post-transition.


Dr. Sean Goodison is a Deputy Director and Senior Research Criminologist at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).  His work focuses on quantitative research, research methodology, program evaluation, police use of technology, and national data collection efforts.  He is a member of the FBI’s Use of Force Data Task Force and BJS’s NIBRS Methodology Team.  Prior to joining PERF, he was a Law Enforcement Analyst and civilian researcher for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC). At MPDC, he was responsible for a wide variety of research activities, including the geographic analysis of seasonal crime and collection homicide data for the Chief and command staff.  Dr. Goodison has been the primary investigator on a number of studies, including a randomized controlled trial assessing the impact of body-worn cameras on citizen perceptions, and a project to collect and analyze 15 years of homicide data from official records in Washington, D.C.  He leads PERF’s NIJ-funded randomized controlled trial studying the effect of reassurance policing strategies on various outcomes, including crime and procedural justice.  He has worked on numerous other policing-related grants, including an NIJ predictive policing grant in Washington, D.C and BJA homicide assessments in New Orleans, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Houston.  Dr. Goodison has published and presented on various criminological issues, such as police use of technology, firearms, homicide, data quality in policing, and the history of criminological thought.  He received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland College Park and has two Master’s degrees, one in Forensic Science and another in Criminal Justice, from The George Washington University.