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Survey of Public Defenders: A Design Study (SPDDS)

Post Date

March 23rd 2016

Application Due Date

May 23rd 2016

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Funding Instrument Type(s)

Cooperative Agreement

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Eligibility Categories


Eligible applicants are national, regional, state, or local public and private entities, including for-profit and nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, institutions of higher education, federally recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, and units of local government that support initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system. Foreign governments, foreign organizations, and foreign institutions of higher education are not eligible to apply.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $250000 - $500000

Grant Description

The Survey of Public Defenders: A Design Study (SPDDS) will continue the ongoing efforts of BJS to systematically describe the provision of legal services to the indigent and will extend the foundational work of the Census of Public Defenders Offices (CPDO 2007) and National Survey of Indigent Defense Providers (NSIDS 2013) to enhance our understanding of the work done by public defenders. While the CPDO and NSIDS were agency level surveys, the proposed new data collection effort will survey the public defenders who provide services to adults and juveniles charged with a criminal offense. The project will produce (1) a report documenting the information needs of the field that could be served by a survey of public defenders; (2) a report proposing a sampling plan to yield nationally-representative statistics; and (3) a pilot survey instrument which seeks information on a range of topics (e.g., provider demographics, professional background, caseloads, case outcomes, support services, needs, and emerging issues).

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Justice

  • Office:

    Office of Justice Programs

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  • Location:

    Bureau of Justice Statistics

  • More Information:

    Program Announcement

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