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The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative

Network Science for Networked Cities

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The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3) promotes new ways for faculty, experts, and students at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research to engage communities, civic partners, and policymakers to address core problems facing the residents of Chicago and surrounding communities. Specific projects and types of engagement will be linked by a focus on how the social relationships among networks, geographic communities, and the constellation of groups, organizations, and civic partners affect what we feel, think, and do—and how understanding, building, and leveraging this sort of network-thinking can improve neighborhoods, the city, and our region.


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N3 Research Shows Typical Homicide Victim in Late 20s

N3’s latest research shows that in 2019 the average age of a homicide victim in Chicago was 29 years of age and the median age was 27 years old, meaning that a typical homicide victim is in his or her 20s. Over the past decade, the median has fluctuated between 24 and 28 years old, and Chicago has seen a 71% decrease in the number of victims 12 or younger since the 1990s. Still, violence permeates Chicago, especially in communities on the South and West Sides, with Black and Latino residents more likely to die by gun violence at rates far higher than for White ones.

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Welcoming New Executive Director, Soledad McGrath!

Welcoming New Executive Director, Soledad McGrath!

Please join us in welcoming Soledad McGrath, Esq. as the new Executive Director! Since beginning her career as a corporate lawyer over 15 years ago, she has been committed to working on behalf of underserved communities. We are so pleased to welcome Soledad to the N3 team!

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Police Training Reduced Use of Force Against Civilians

Police Training Reduced Use of Force Against Civilians

In a newly released article, N3 Director, Andrew Papachristos, and postdoctoral fellow, George Wood, analyzed a procedural justice training program of over 8000 Chicago police officers, finding it reduced complaints by roughly 10% and reduced use of force by 6% in the two years following their training.

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How to Donate through We Will Northwestern

How to Donate through the We Will Campaign

By directing your gift to the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative, you will be helping to generate cutting-edge research and dialogue! To make a gift, follow the link below to the We Will campaign page, click ‘View additional gift designations,’ and type ‘N3’ in the search box.

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News & Announcements

Using Maps and Networks to Reduce Gun Violence

Op-Ed: Another way to look at Chicago's number of killings

New Papachristos & Bastomski Article on Neighborhoods & Networks (American Journal of Sociology)

Inequality in Chicago Neighborhood Homicide Rates Increased Over 20-Year Period

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