Dec 2023

B2OF Policy Brief: Supporting Youth Safety and Education Re-Engagement

This policy brief outlines the first year of implementation of Back to Our Future (B2OF), a state-funded, district-led, evidence-informed effort to re-engage disconnected students at an elevated risk for gun violence involvement.

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Does Administrative Burden Deter Young People? Evidence from Summer Jobs Programs
Academic Paper

Does Administrative Burden Deter Young People? Evidence from Summer Jobs Programs

Aug 2022

This research paper examines the impact of administrative burden on the effectiveness of public social programs for young people, specifically summer jobs programs.

When Scale and Replication Work: Learning from Summer Youth Employment Experiments
Academic Paper

When Scale and Replication Work: Learning from Summer Youth Employment Experiments

Feb 2022

This research paper addresses the challenges of scaling up and replicating successful human capital interventions due to two key sources of variability: differences in the treatment itself and changes in the target population.

Rethinking the Benefits of Youth Employment Programs: The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs
Academic Paper

Rethinking the Benefits of Youth Employment Programs: The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs

Jan 2020

This research paper presents the results of two randomized field experiments, which both involved offering supported summer job opportunities to different groups of young people in Chicago.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community-based Program to Increase Fatherhood Engagement
Report

Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Community-based Program to Increase Fatherhood Engagement

Oct 2018

Pre-analysis plan of the Dovetail Project.

Latest Updates

The Gun Violence Prevention Forum
Event
Northwell Health
Feb 2024

The Gun Violence Prevention Forum

Crime Lab Director of Programs Kim Smith spoke at the 5th Annual Gun Violence Prevention Forum on February 27, 2024. This virtual event mobilized the collective efforts of leading executives, clinicians, researchers, and policymakers around gun violence as a public health emergency.

Faith leaders: City Hall must step up to the plate and provide more funding for violence prevention
Op-Ed
Chicago Tribune
Feb 2024

Faith leaders: City Hall must step up to the plate and provide more funding for violence prevention

Michael Pfleger, Otis Moss III, Seth Limmer, and Ciera Bates-Chamberlain comment on the importance of funding community violence intervention (CVI) initiatives and point to the Crime Lab’s CVI Leadership Academy as a shining example, whose inaugural cohort was recognized by Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House.

Advocate, activist and healer: Myesha Watkins is trying to make Cleveland safer
Media Mention
Cleveland.com
Feb 2024

Advocate, activist and healer: Myesha Watkins is trying to make Cleveland safer

Cleveland.com’s Molly Walsh highlights CVILA graduate Myesha Watkins’ visit to the White House as a part of the graduation of the CVILA’s inaugural cohort. Watkins is the executive director of the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance, a crime prevention organization that focuses on helping communities become healthier environments to reduce violence.