The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is a leader in developing and implementing evidence-based criminal justice policy and practice. BJA’s mission is to provide leadership in services, grant administration, and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies in achieving safer communities. This is accomplished in many criminal justice topic areas, including adjudication, corrections, counter-terrorism, crime prevention, justice information sharing, law enforcement, justice and mental health, substance abuse, and tribal justice.
Under each topic area, BJA funds numerous programs and initiatives at the tribal, local, and state level. In collaboration with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and other federal and research partners, many of these programs have been evaluated.
The Evaluation and Research Literature report has several goals:
- To assess the state of knowledge on BJA-funded programs as determined by data collection, research, and evaluation;
- To be a resource on evaluation and research literature related to BJA programs;
- To identify U.S. Department of Justice-funded innovative programs and sound practices;
- To highlight programs and practices that have a solid foundation of evidence; and
- To identify programs that may benefit from further research and evaluation.