The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice.
We’re dedicated to improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science. We provide objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal and juvenile justice communities to reduce crime and advance justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
We accomplish our mission through the "Listen, Learn, Inform" model — we "listen" to the needs of the field; "learn" ways to meet those needs by funding research, development, and evaluation projects; and then "inform" the field of what we learned. Our research and development process helps ensure that projects are relevant to the field and produce valid, actionable results.