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Access OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book.

Learn more about juvenile crime and victimization and about youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

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The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act authorizes the OJJDP Administrator to conduct research and evaluations and undertake statistical analyses on a wide range of juvenile justice matters. These activities are central to OJJDP's mission to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

Research provides systematic and objective information about the risk factors that contribute to youth's involvement in the juvenile justice system and the protective factors that protect youth against system involvement. Research also helps us understand adolescent behaviors and system responses, including the interventions most likely to reduce youth involvement with the system and promote positive outcomes.

OJJDP uses this information to prioritize issues, guide the development of policies and programs, and inform training and technical assistance. OJJDP also uses the latest tools and resources to disseminate juvenile justice data, statistics, and research findings and make these findings more accessible and applicable to local needs and issues.

OJJDP's Research Unit

OJJDP's Research Unit holds primary responsibility for OJJDP's research activities. It is a component of OJJDP's Innovation and Research Division, which also includes the Communications and Training and Technical Assistance Units. Learn more about OJJDP's Research Unit.


OJJDP's Research Projects

OJJDP's Research Unit supports research, evaluations, and statistical projects across diverse topical areas.

The OJJDP research project pages provide brief overviews of those initiatives and links to final reports, when applicable.

The current project pages reflect some, but not all of OJJDP's current initiatives.

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Are you looking to archive or analyze data? See the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, National Institute of Justice, and OJJDP sponsor the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. The Archive facilitates research in criminal justice and criminology through the preservation, enhancement, and sharing of computerized data resources; through the production of original research based on archived data; and through specialized training workshops in quantitative analysis of crime and justice data.

Go to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.

Are you a research grantee? See Guidance for OJJDP Research Grantees

All OJJDP awards that include research activities and all those made under solicitations funded with OJJDP research set-aside funds have additional research-specific special conditions and grant requirements.

View the Guidance for OJJDP Research Grantees web page for an outline of the general policies and procedures of those conditions.


Are you seeking grant funding? See the Funding Opportunities.

To review funding opportunities that are available from OJJDP, visit the Funding Opportunities page.

Are you looking for the latest publications from OJJDP's Research Unit?

View the Research Publications page or go to our publications list to access all OJJDP publications.

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