Emphasize outcome and cost-benefit evaluations of criminal justice programs and technologies. Place Institute-wide functions in the Office of the Director. Group similar functions. Reduce management layers and increase the span of control of supervisors, where possible. Keep the social and physical sciences together under one research agency to maximize collaboration, cost-effectiveness, and the benefits to the field.
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the State and local levels.