NFIRS 5.0 Element: ‘Special Study Code’

Definition : Response for a special study.
Special studies are typically required to capture information on emerging trends, problem areas, or a specific issue being studied. When the answer becomes known through the special study, the collection of that field is no longer required.
Responses for special studies can be defined as codes or as alphanumeric entries of numeric values or dates.
If the data will always be needed for permanent collection, a State- or department-defined permanent user field should be created and used instead of the Special Studies field.
Purpose : The use of special studies allows departments, States, and the NFDC to quickly collect information on an issue or problem and to answer a specific question through the temporary use of a special study field over a defined period of time. This is a State or local option.
Entry : If you are participating in a Special Study, your entry will depend on the type of data being collected. Use the codeset defined for the particular Special Study field if it is a coded entry. The data entered may also be a date or a numeric entry if the field has been so defined. Additional Special Study fields are available on the Supplemental Form (NFIRS–1S).

Element Specification

 Specification   Value 
Requirement Optional
Maximum Length 5
Element Type Text – Alphanumeric or special characters. If the user has not provided information, an empty field should be transmitted. – Maximum length 5 characters

Transactions containing ‘Special Study Code’

The value of this element is captured by the following transaction :

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Last Updated on May 6, 2023