Research and Evaluation

ILJ has always focused on research and evaluation that has practical value for the criminal justice field. We have completed more than 250 research projects. One key to our success is the excellent working relationships we maintain with our research sponsors—including many agencies of the U. S. Department of Justice—and with the criminal justice organizations that have joined us as partners and advisors.

Experienced Approach. The ILJ director of research, Dr.Tom McEwen, was a founder of ILJ. He has been a leader in criminal justice research for 35 years, earning a national reputation for excellence in quantitative analysis and survey design. Clients benefit from our staff’s experience in many criminal justice areas, including policing, prosecution, courts, corrections, and victim advocacy. In addition, ILJ research teams often include experts in information technology, policy development, and the law.

Methods. ILJ capabilities include surveys; experimental research designs; process and impact evaluations; case studies; focus groups; crime mapping; and other methods.

Project Examples. Examples of ongoing and recent projects are provided in the areas of violence, policing, and technology research. Additional project examples are included under methods.