Policy and Program Evaluation

We work with government agencies and community-based partners to rigorously evaluate gun violence intervention programs and criminal justice policy reforms.

 Across every project or partner, we work to generate high-quality research about the factors driving public safety trends and identify evidence-based interventions to save lives. Access to good and unbiased data is the common denominator for strong evaluation, which is why we pursue data-sharing agreements with public agencies and seek to make our own data publicly available whenever possible. We focus on policies and programs that are supporting the communities and individuals most impacted by gun violence and criminal justice system harms. 

From leading randomized controlled trials — the gold standard in research — to evaluating historical and real-time data, the Crime Lab uses a variety of methods to rigorously evaluate policies and interventions.  

Latest Updates

Second Chance Month: Centering Lived Experience in Violence Intervention
Media Mention
National League of Cities
Apr 2024

Second Chance Month: Centering Lived Experience in Violence Intervention

In recognition of Second Chance Month, the National League of Cities’ Maryam Ahmed and Kirby Gaherty write about the importance of centering “credible messengers”—people with lived experience in the justice system—to advance community safety and highlight the Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy.

Why America fell for guns
Essay
Aeon
Apr 2024

Why America fell for guns

Megan Kang, a Crime Lab affiliate and Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Princeton University, writes an essay that describes America’s extraordinary levels of gun ownership in the context of a key turning point in US gun culture in the mid-20th century.

Oeindrila Dube on Cognitive Behavioral Training for Police
Podcast
Probable Causation
Apr 2024

Oeindrila Dube on Cognitive Behavioral Training for Police

In this episode of Probable Causation, Dr. Oeindrila Dube discusses her research on Situational Decision-Making, a cognitive behavioral training program for police.