The Office of Research, Planning and Process Improvement generates research data and analysis to support the Department of Corrections. The unit tracks offender population changes and maintains statistical data required for the evaluation of department programs and trends. Researchers provide information required to support the strategic planning process and all departmental decision-making. They analyze data and develop scenarios to respond to requests for fiscal note information. The unit also supplies research and survey data to agencies within and outside state government and reviews outside research requests.