School Crime & Safety Interviews 

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is conducting this study?  

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is conducting this study and has contracted with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to administer the interviews. AIR is a not-for-profit social science research organization headquartered in Washington, DC whose mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. AIR has enlisted the research firm EurekaFacts to conduct recruitment and scheduling for this interview study.

Who is eligible for the study?

Public-school principals who have worked at their current school during the 2019–20 school year.

How long is an interview session?

Approximately 90 minutes

Will I be paid for participating?

As a token of our appreciation, you will receive a $75 gift card for completing the interview.

What will I need to do?

Before the interview, you will be asked to sign a consent form. During the interview, you will be asked to think aloud while you read questions from the survey. Additionally, the interviewer (an AIR staff member) will ask follow-up questions to gain a better understanding of your comprehension of the survey questions.

How will my information be used?

The information you give us will be combined with the responses of others in a summary report that does not identify you as an individual or your school. Your answers may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. § 9573). All personal identifying information will be destroyed at the conclusion of the study.

When and where will the interview be conducted?

The interviews will be held in winter/spring 2021. All interviews will be virtual and conducted through a simple-to-use web conferencing software.

Is participation mandatory?

Your participation is completely voluntary. You can choose to not participate. You also have the right to stop participating at any time.

Who can I contact for more information on the study?

If you would like to discuss the study further, please feel free to contact the AIR Study Coordinator, Kyosin Kang at or (202) 403-6564; or the NCES project officer, Rachel Hansen, at or (202) 245-7082.

If you are interested in participating in this federal study, please click on the “Start Screener” button below to see if you qualify.

NCES is authorized to conduct this research by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (ESRA 2002, 20 U.S.C. §9543). All of the information you provide may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151).

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this voluntary information collection is 1850-0803 and the approval expires 06/30/2022. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 90 minutes per response, including the time to review instructions and complete and review the information collection. If you have any comments concerning the accuracy of the time estimate, suggestions for improving this collection, or comments or concerns about the contents or the status of your individual submission of this questionnaire, please e-mail:, or write directly to: Rachel Hansen, National Center for Education Statistics, Potomac Center Plaza, 550 12th Street, SW, Room 4036, Washington, DC 20202.