The goal of the NIJ Office of Communications is to bridge the science-to-practice gap by giving criminal justice professionals evidence-based knowledge they can use in their work. We collaborate with colleagues within NIJ as well as with recipients of NIJ awards to move NIJ-generated knowledge and tools into the hands of those working in the criminal justice profession.
The Office of Communications uses an integrated strategy of publishing, conferencing, marketing and outreach to disseminate findings. Our strategy is integrated also in the sense that all of our communication mechanisms are consistent in message, tone and design.
Major Activities of the NIJ Office of Communications
Working with our colleagues here at NIJ and with practitioners, policymakers and researchers in the field, we create content for:
- NIJ publications, including the award winning NIJ Journal.
- Websites, including NIJ.ojp.gov, CrimeSolutions.ojp.gov and NamUs.gov.
- Trade press, including Forensics, Police Chief and Corrections Today.
- Social Media; follow us on Twitter/OJPNIJ and Facebook/OJPNIJ to keep up with the latest!
The Office of Communications also manages or helps our NIJ colleagues to manage a number of in-person events, including NIJ’s Research for the Real World seminar series and substantive working group meetings, and we support colleagues who manage NIJ’s presence at national events, such as those sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association of Crime Analysts, the American Society of Criminology, and the American Criminal Justice Society.
The Office of Communications’ work has won a number of awards including the following Blue Pencil awards from that National Association of Government Communicators:
- Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey — 2017, First Place, Technical or Statistical Report
- Restrictive Housing in the U.S. Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions (pdf, 420 pages) — 2017, Award of Excellence, Book
- NIJ Journal — 2015, Award of Excellence, Magazine
- Mending Justice: Sentinel Events Review — 2015, Second Place, Special Purpose Publication
- Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership — 2014, Second Place, Book Category
- Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains: The Nation's Silent Mass — 2008, Award of Excellence, Article
- Lessons Learned from 9/11: DNA Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents — 2007, First Place, Technical or Statistical Reports
Contact the NIJ Office of Communications
You can contact office staff at the numbers listed below or:
- For press and congressional inquiries, contact a public affairs specialist in OJP’s Office of Communications at 202-307-0703 or [email protected].
- For help with NIJ.ojp.gov or CrimeSolutions.ojp.gov, contact our Web Content Manager.
- To order publications, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS).
- Use our AskNIJ box for general questions about NIJ and our funded research.