The findings of well-planned and well-executed research are critical to the success of efforts to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and victimization. Through its Research and Program Development Division, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is committed to supporting a comprehensive and coordinated program of research, evaluation, and statistics that is designed to determine the causes and correlates of juvenile delinquency and the ways in which communities can protect at-risk youth and their families from delinquency and victimization.
Space limitations preclude an exhaustive account of the broad array of research activities carried out under OJJDP's auspices. Accordingly, this Report summarizes representative achievements as a way of illustrating the larger picture. New findings, emerging research, and key issues are highlighted, and a wealth of resources in the form of descriptive lists of research-related programs, publications, and Web sites are provided.
The OJJDP initiatives described in these pages—and others like them—inform and enhance the daily, collaborative efforts of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. The work supported by OJJDP is designed to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and victimization. In this way, the seeds planted by sound research will bear productive fruit in the planning and implementation of programs that improve the lives of youth and their families.