How RAND Benchmark Works

Officers work in diverse conditions, which must be accounted for in performance evaluation

Law enforcement officers work at different times, in different places, and under different conditions — all of which drive differences in work activities and outcomes.

To be fair and meaningful performance measurement systems must take these diverse factors into account when assessing outcomes.

RAND Benchmark identifies peers working under similar conditions

RAND Benchmark uses state-of-the-art techniques to assemble a unique set of comparison cases among peers who operate under similar conditions: day-of-week, time-of-day, environment or similar locations, and other user-defined indicators of similarity.

Performance outcomes are then compared to suitable peers

RAND Benchmark provides a comparison between an officer's work outcomes and those of his or her comparison group.

You can analyze any quantifiable outcome, including traffic stop patterns (e.g., duration, search results, uses-of-force), citizen feedback frequency, traffic accident frequency, or other quantifiable outcomes.

What the Application Provides

The system displays a comparison of each officer's outcome with his or her peers. It also identifies potential outliers.

The system displays a comparison of each officer's performance outcome to the comparison group's outcome, and identifies individuals whose performance may be an outlier compared to his peers.

Work activity characteristics of officer and comparison group are shown to verify similarity

The system also presents a comparison of the features of the officer's cases and the comparison group's cases, to assure stakeholders that the comparison is fair.

The example to the right is a comparison of traffic stop characteristics.

The system utilizes sophisticated statistical methods to provide results that are transparent, easy to understand, and that can be explained to diverse audiences.

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