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NIJ Innovations in Measuring Community Perceptions Challenge Winner: Micro-Community Policing Plans

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $10,000)

This entry proposes to build on the Micro-Community Policing Plans neighborhood level, nonprobability survey methodology. A key innovation is the use of Hello Lamp Post to invite members of the public to engage in text-based mobile phone chats with the intention of reaching potential respondents who might not respond to traditionally fielded (e.g., mail or web-based) surveys. Hello Lamp Post employs signs with QR codes, that are placed in various public spaces, to engage place users in chats via their mobile phones. This submission presents a novel method of exposing potential respondents to the existence of a survey with the goal of increasing participation.

The team included:

  • Jacqueline B. Helfgott
  • Seattle Police Department/Brian Maxey
  • Denver Police Department/ Commander Jacob Herrera
  • Hello Lamp Post/Isabel Loos

This entry won second prize in the category 1 nonprobability survey competition.

Date Created: December 13, 2023