The Crime Lab has partnered with two community-based organizations committed to reducing violence in Little Village—Enlace Chicago and New Life Centers. Little Village is a well-populated, predominantly Latinx community with a rich tradition of local activism and business development that has experienced a disproportionate share of gun violence. For decades, Enlace and New Life have worked together to serve youth and adults in Little Village most impacted by gun violence, collaborating with community partners and local police to interrupt and de-escalate violence, coordinate rapid responses when serious violence occurs, and deliver intensive services that combine street outreach, trauma-informed mental health services, educational supports, and sports programming.
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.
However, Enlace and New Life have historically only been able to provide services to residents after a violent incident has already occurred and could only serve those who are already known to outreach workers or who had signed up for services on their own. This meant that a crucial group—people who were at risk of violence involvement but hadn’t yet been connected to services—were out of reach.
The Crime Lab’s Service Provision Risk Assessment (SPRA), originally developed for the READI Chicago community violence intervention program, uses a data-driven approach to help organizations prioritize services for those who are most at risk of gun violence involvement in the near future. This referral pathway complements Enlace and New Life’s deep expertise and on-the-ground knowledge with Chicago Police Department data to enhance the organizations’ ability to identify, engage, and serve Little Village residents who would benefit most from their programming.
Since May 2020, 501 people have been referred for services to Enlace and New Life Centers using the SPRA. The SPRA referral pathway is both informed by, and serves as a complement to, each organization’s traditional outreach and referral strategies. Enlace and New Life have also worked with the Crime Lab to ensure that referrals respect individual privacy while providing useful information to community violence workers trying to reduce gun violence in their neighborhoods.