The Planning and Research Unit provides the principal business intelligence and analysis function for MCSO. The unit empowers MCSO's operational staff and leadership to collect data on regular business processes, to interact with and learn from that data, and to use the resulting insights for process and policy improvement. The unit engages in regular data reporting, fulfills ad hoc analysis requests, and undertakes medium- and long-term research projects. Planning and Research also serves as MCSO’s lead on a variety of interagency research and analysis efforts, such as those of the Multnomah County Justice Reinvestment Program (MCJRP).