A New Approach to
Sharing information with juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, and the publicinformation about research, statistics, and programs that workis a longstanding priority at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The agency uses many methods to move information to the field, including print publications, electronic products (such as CD–ROMs, listservs, and Web sites), and satellite videoconferences. OJJDP recently has begun to change its approach to information dissemination, relying more on its Web site as a dissemination vehicle and exploring the advantages of electronic publishing.
Beginning in 2002, OJJDP is targeting its mailings of publications and solicitations to more carefully defined audiences. As always, electronic versions of all publications and solicitations may be viewed and downloaded at the agency’s Web site (ojjdp.ncjrs.org). A limited number of print copies will be available from the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse on request. New publications and solicitations will be announced in this newsletter, on OJJDP’s Web site, and through the JUVJUST listserv (for more information on JUVJUST, click here). This new approach to information disseminationmore targeted mailings and greater reliance on the Webwill reduce paper clutter for OJJDP’s constituents and will bring considerable savings in postage and print costs for taxpayers.
OJJDP also is looking to online publication as an alternative to print for disseminating certain information. For example, statistics and other time-sensitive materials are a natural for the Web, where they can be published more quickly, updated more easily (and therefore more frequently), and presented without the physical constraints of print. Online publication will help OJJDP provide its constituents with the most up-to-date and comprehensive information possible.
Although the volume of OJJDP’s mailings will decrease, the agency’s overall information dissemination activity should expandparticularly when the economies of electronic dissemination are fully realized. Information sharing remains a top priority as OJJDP streamlines its publishing processes and looks for innovative ways to provide the best possible access to information. As a result of the agency's new approach, the juvenile justice field should benefit from quicker, more focused access to the information it needs.