The Crime Lab is working to inform Chicago’s violence reduction strategy by leveraging the City’s administrative data, creating predictive analytics, and examining national best practices to identify gaps in the City’s current anti-violence efforts. The Crime Lab is also identifying the most promising strategies that prioritize intervention for individuals at the highest risk of violence and evaluating the impact of these interventions. These evaluations will inform public funding to programs most likely to reduce gun violence and improve safety outcomes for all residents of Chicago.
Economic Club of Chicago- Chicago’s Safety Snapshot: Issues and Opportunities
These slides were presented by the Crime Lab at a forum hosted by the Economic Club and Commercial Club of Chicago.
Violence Reduction Dashboard
Webinar: Overview of the City of Chicago’s Violence Reduction Dashboard
Launched in May 2021 by the City of Chicago, with design and technical support from the Crime Lab, the Dashboard is a first-of-its-kind comprehensive tool that allows unfettered public access to city violence trends categorizable by victim type, date, and geographic area.
Machine Learning Can Predict Shooting Victimization Well Enough To Help Prevent It
This National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper shows that shootings are predictable enough to be preventable.
Among other projects, the Crime Lab supports the Mayor’s Office with the implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the Community Safety Coordination Center (CSCC) and the Landscape Scan initiative through the Office of Violence Prevention.
The CSCC leverages existing funding from the City’s budget and federal COVID-19 relief dollars to support violence prevention programming, such as providing accessible data analyses for community outreach meetings in the Back of the Yards, Auburn Gresham, and South Shore neighborhoods.
In 2019, the Mayor’s Office created a new Office of Violence Prevention tasked with marshaling the City’s resources in service of a single, city-wide strategy for reducing and preventing violence. Part of this strategy was to ensure that the delivery of violence prevention programs is informed by data and evidence about their effectiveness and the needs of residents and individuals at the highest risk for violence involvement. To that end, at the request of the Mayor’s Office, the Crime Lab leveraged the City’s administrative data to produce a landscape scan of city programming. This scan provides a starting point for helping the City understand the current state of its violence prevention efforts.