2017 • 1 year • Criminal Justice
Founded in 2008 in partnership with the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago Crime Lab (Crime Lab) seeks to reduce violence in Chicago and around the country by partnering with policymakers to use insights from behavioral science to design promising interventions and carry out large-scale real world examinations. In response to recommendations from Chicago's Police Accountability Task Force and Department of Justice reports, Crime Lab is partnering with the Chicago Police Department to create a data-driven early intervention system to identify officers who are encountering significant challenges at work or are in a state of crisis, and to connect them to services and training to alleviate underlying problems before they escalate into public complaints or violent interactions with others. Using modern computer engineering techniques, including machine learning, the new system endeavors to identify officers much more precisely than what has been achieved to date. The goal is that the City of Chicago can develop a best-in-class early intervention system for officers, thus improving the health and well-being of frontline personnel and creating a model that other cities can use when engaging in the process of police reform. The award enables Crime Lab to complete a planning process for the effort and to build a prototype of the tool for implementation in Chicago.
2015 • 2 years • Community & Economic Development
Founded in 2008 in partnership with the City of Chicago, the University of Chicago Crime Lab (Crime Lab) seeks to reduce violence in Chicago and around the country by partnering with policymakers to use insights from behavioral science to design promising interventions and carry out large-scale real world examinations. The Crime Lab evaluates programs primarily through randomized controlled trials, which are considered the gold standard for measuring program effectiveness, and generates objective outcome data and cost-benefit analysis to explain what works and why in response to violence, school failure, and gangs. Its ultimate goal is to inform policymakers about which strategies do the most social good per dollar spent. The grant will provide flexible operating support to Crime Lab and enable the organization to respond to growing demands and opportunities, provide pro bono technical support for local governments, and enhance organizational stability. The grant also will allow the Crime Lab to continue to serve as a rigorous, dependable resource for policymakers in Chicago to build-with philanthropic partners-the next steps in an anti-violence strategy for the city.
2014 • 3 years • Community & Economic Development
The University of Chicago Crime Lab generates scientific evidence about the effectiveness and impact of strategies to respond to violence and school failure. This grant supports a design competition, funded jointly by Get In Chicago and the Foundation, that seeks to identify promising anti-violence interventions that target at-risk young people who have contact with the criminal justice system, and to subject the programs to rigorous evaluation.
2013 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development
The University of Chicago Crime Lab uses rigorous research to generate evidence about the effectiveness of strategies to respond to youth violence. Crime Lab will use this grant to evaluate the City of Chicago’s Public Safety Action Committee, a five-year, $50 million effort launched by Mayor Emanuel and local business leaders to reduce violence by raising funds for and supporting proven or promising programs that serve high-risk youths. Crime Lab will build a comprehensive evaluation program beginning with research on pilot efforts being funded this summer, and lay the groundwork for ongoing evaluations over the initiative’s five-year term.
2013 • 2 years • Community & Economic Development
The University of Chicago Crime Lab was created to generate scientific evidence--primarily through randomized-controlled trials--about promising programs to reduce crime and violence. In 2009, the Foundation supported a Crime Lab study of the Youth Guidance Project’s Becoming a Man (BAM), which found that a year of cognitive-behavioral training reduces violence involvement and increases school engagement among at-risk middle-school students. This grant funds a second major study to test whether an additional year of BAM training and academic enrichment will have longer-term anti-violence effects; and a portion of program implementation operations by the Youth Guidance Project and World Sports Chicago.
2013 • 1 year • MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions
The University of Chicago Crime Lab was founded in 2008 in partnership with the City of Chicago to generate scientific evidence about the effectiveness and impact of strategies to respond to violence, school failure, and gangs. The Crime Lab evaluates promising programs primarily through randomized controlled trials and generates objective outcome data and cost-benefit analysis to explain what works and why. The proposed grant will support an Innovation Fund to give the organization the flexibility to explore high-risk/high-reward research projects and provide for an operating reserve to create long-term stability for the organization.
2012 • 1 year • Community & Economic Development
The University of Chicago Crime Lab was created to generate scientific evidence--primarily through randomized controlled trials--about promising programs to reduce crime and violence. This grant supports the research design and pilot implementation phase of a study of a promising middle-grades-focused, anti-violence intervention. The study--which will test whether a two-year cognitive behavioral therapy training program produces long-term anti-violence effects, and whether parallel academic enrichment can lead to improved student academic performance--will be a centerpiece of the Foundation’s recently-launched anti-violence initiative designed to reduce gun violence in Chicago neighborhoods.
2011 • 3 years • Policy Research
The University of Chicago Crime Lab promotes long-term progress in reducing crime, violence, and related challenge such as school dropout. It conducts rigorous evaluations of innovative intervention strategies, including randomized experiments and benefit-cost analyses to help policymakers determine how best to allocate scarce resources. This grant provides Crime Lab with flexible operating support that will enable it to respond to growing demands and opportunities, build staff capacity, and enhance organizational stability; and to expand its portfolio of projects, provide technical assistance to government agencies and nonprofits, and increase the dissemination and communication of key research findings.