Director, Applied Social Sciences
- MA, Applied Social Research, University of Michigan
- BA, Sociology, Wayne State University
Tim Smith has over 25 years of experience directing social research projects, including nearly 15 years of experience in the design and implementation of projects in the areas of adult and juvenile corrections, community corrections, and law enforcement.
Mr. Smith directs the Security and Resilience Program in RTI’s Survey Research Division. Research staff in this program develop and conduct studies involving qualitative and quantitative data acquisition (via focus groups, stakeholder interviews, surveys, administrative records) related to agency characteristics, policies, and procedures; staff training, supervision, and conduct; and inmate background, behavior, and risk.
He has served as project director for the 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates, the Annual Survey of Probation and Parole, and the Law Enforcement Core Statistics Program. Prior to joining RTI, he directed the 2008 and 2012 iterations of the National Survey of Youth in Custody and the 2014 Census of Adult Probation Supervising Agencies. Through these experiences, Mr. Smith has gained expertise in research issues specific to criminal justice such as procedures for obtaining jurisdictional and human subjects research clearance, development of standardized and tailored survey instrumentation and data collection methods, protocols for obtaining and maintaining administrative records, and measures to ensure data quality.
Mr. Smith is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Correctional Association.