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The Importance of Inclusive Research

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August 2023

The National Institute of Justice is committed to supporting research that makes a positive impact on our justice system. Scientific evidence supports a fair, equitable, and effective justice system and improves public safety for all Americans. Inclusive research has the potential to improve the quality of collected data and the accuracy of its interpretation. Strategic partnerships with community members that embody inclusive research — like those discussed in the plenary — are a critical component of impactful research projects. These principles are embedded in our solicitations for research, meaning that we are giving priority consideration to proposals that embody inclusive research. By embracing these principles and engaging in authentic partnerships, we can raise our credibility as researchers, enhance the value and validity of our research findings, and increase the odds that the findings will be understood and used to make a positive change in the world.

Date Published: August 1, 2023