About the NIJ Office of Communications

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Overview of the NIJ Office of Communications

The goal of the NIJ Office of Communications is to bridge the science-to-practice gap by giving criminal justice professionals evidence-based knowledge they can use in their work. We collaborate with colleagues within NIJ as well as with recipients of NIJ awards to move NIJ-generated knowledge and tools into the hands of those working in the criminal justice profession.

The Office of Communications uses an integrated strategy of publishing, conferencing, marketing and outreach to disseminate findings. Our strategy is integrated also in the sense that all of our communication mechanisms are consistent in message, tone and design.

Major Activities of the NIJ Office of Communications

Working with our colleagues here at NIJ and with practitioners, policymakers and researchers in the field, we create content for:

The Office of Communications also manages or helps our NIJ colleagues to manage a number of in-person events, including NIJ’s Research for the Real World seminar series and substantive working group meetings, and we support colleagues who manage NIJ’s presence at national events, such as those sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association of Crime Analysts, the American Society of Criminology, and the American Criminal Justice Society.

The Office of Communications’ work has won a number of awards including the following Blue Pencil awards from that National Association of Government Communicators:

The NIJ video "Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men," was a 2016 Vega Digital Awards winner for Online Video.

The NIJ Journal also won a 2008 Gold Quill Award from the International Association of Business Communicators.

Contact the NIJ Office of Communications

You can contact office staff at the numbers listed below or:

To contact NIJ:

Name​Title
Barry Bratburd
Office Director (Detailee)
Lee Mockensturm
Writer/Editor​
Doris WellsWriter/Editor
Kurt LindblomContractor
James Dawson Contractor
Date Created: October 26​, 2017