Evaluation of National Institute of Justice–Funded Geospatial Software Tools

Evaluation of National Institute of Justice–Funded Geospatial Software Tools: Technical and Utility Assessments to Improve Tool Development, Dissemination, and Usage

Carolyn Wong
Paul Sorensen
John S. Hollywood
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 120
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt6wq8kb
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    Evaluation of National Institute of Justice–Funded Geospatial Software Tools
    Book Description:

    A geospatial software tool-evaluation study conducted for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) assessed 14 recent NIJ-funded tool developments. The study integrates input from tool developers and users with RAND’s independent assessments. The authors found that 12 developments resulted in fully functional tools and make five recommendations that will enable NIJ to maximize benefits to the law enforcement community from future developments.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8608-2
    Subjects: Political Science, Technology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures and Tables
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Summary
    (pp. xi-xx)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  7. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxiii-xxvi)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-4)

    By federal law, the mission of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is to “encourage research and development to improve and strengthen law enforcement” (Pub. L. 90-351, 1968, Part D, Section 402). The purpose of NIJ’s research is further specified by law in the Justice System Improvement Act of 1979 (Pub. L. 96-157, 1979, Part B, Section 201):

    improving Federal, State, and local criminal justice systems and related aspects of the civil justice system; preventing and reducing crimes; insuring [sic] citizen access to appropriate dispute-resolution forums; improving efforts to detect, investigate, prosecute, and otherwise combat and prevent white-collar crime and...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Methodology and Data Collection
    (pp. 5-16)

    The methodology employed for this study consists of six basic steps:

    1. Identify the set of NIJ-funded tools to be included in the geospatial software-evaluation task.

    2. Develop technical and operational assessment frameworks.

    3. Use the assessment frameworks to perform technical and operational assessments of each geospatial software tool.

    4. Synthesize the inputs from the technical and operational assessments to generate a utility evaluation and an impact evaluation for each tool.

    5. Derive findings from a holistic perspective.

    6. Develop recommendations based on findings for NIJ to maximize benefits of future geospatial tool developments for the law enforcement community.

    The first three steps of the methodology...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Tool Assessments
    (pp. 17-68)

    The tool assessments that follow reflect the synthesis of all information gathered from the sources shown in Table 2.8 in Chapter Two. The individual tool assessments are presented in this chapter. The technical and operational assessments of each tool are followed by a discussion of each tool’s impact. Each individual tool discussion concludes with a recommendation paragraph in which we suggest an approach NIJ can take to improve the tool’s attractiveness to the law enforcement community and thereby enlarge the tool’s user base. Because NIJ’s mission is to “encourage research and development to improve and strengthen law enforcement” (Pub. L....

  11. CHAPTER FOUR Overall Evaluations, Findings, and Recommendations
    (pp. 69-82)

    Assessments and evaluations of the individual tools were presented in Chapter Three. In this chapter, we synthesize what we have learned and observed to present a holistic view of the tools. This synthesis offers a high-level view of the impact and benefits to the law enforcement community from recent NIJ geospatial software tool awards. A summary view of the synthesis is presented first. Next, we discuss our overall findings. Finally, we present the recommendations that stem from the findings.

    Table 4.1 shows a summary view of the various tools reviewed for this study. The first column in Table 4.1 shows...

  12. APPENDIX ISO/IEC 12207:2008 and Software Life-Cycle Models
    (pp. 83-86)
  13. Bibliography
    (pp. 87-94)