Martin Barron, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Data and Analysis for the Crime Lab and Education Lab. In this role, Martin oversees our team of over 20 Research Analysts and all facets of data and analysis strategy. In addition to Martin’s role assisting a number of projects across both the Crime Lab and Education Lab, Martin works on ensuring our data team meets the highest standards of research quality, ensures the security of our partner data through rigorous procedures and policies, and works closely with our IT team to ensure our team has the computing infrastructure they need.
Martin holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Stony Brook. Prior to joining the Crime Lab in 2017, Martin worked as a Senior Data Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago.
Illinois Department of Corrections’ (IDOC) Facilities Mapping Project
To improve access to college education opportunities in prison, the Crime Lab partnered with the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) to produce interactive statewide maps to connect facilities with nearby postsecondary education providers.
COVID-19 Technical Assistance
The Crime Lab partnered with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and New York Police Department (NYPD) to develop data-based projections of the potential spread of COVID-19 among officers and the possible impact on policing activities.
Workforce Allocation Analysis
The Workforce Allocation (WFA) Analysis examined where personnel resources at the Chicago Police Department are allocated to improve efficiency, equity, and transparency in patrol staffing.
Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) Technical Assistance
The Crime Lab has provided technical assistance to Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services and its service providers to aid in their efforts to more strategically direct their prevention and intervention services to those individuals most in need.