Social Network Analysis and Gun Violence Prevention
A core and long-term focus of N3 will be to work with a variety of organizations to develop ways that integrate network analysis into gun violence reduction, prevention, and treatment efforts such as street outreach work, trauma intervention, and police-community initiatives. Chicago’s early innovation in this area through programs such as the Group Violence Reduction Strategy and the new Strategic Decision Support Centers, have already established the city as a leader in this area but have only just begun to explore such an approach’s potential and applicability.
The Evaluation and Impact of Street Outreach and Violence Interruption
N3 is currently involved in the evaluation of a new street outreach effort in Chicago know as CP4P–Communities Partnering 4 Peace. The overarching objective will be to assess the strength of collaboration among a coordinated set of programs and organizations involved in coordinated street outreach efforts to reduce gun violence in several Chicago communities.
The Evaluation of Police-Community Engagement Efforts
N3 is serving as a research partner and external evaluator by The Policing Project on two new efforts to foster trust between citizens and police in Chicago: the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) and the Neighborhood Policing Initiative (NPI). The proposed evaluation will document the development of CEI and NPI as well as analyze how the two programs affect satisfaction with the police, perceptions of public safety, and community-police engagement.
The Network Structure of Police Misconduct in Chicago
N3 has also begun a collaboration with The Invisible Institute that utilizes data from the Citizen Police Data Project to investigate the network structure of police misconduct and violence in Chicago. Still in its initial phases, this project will attempt to develop new ways of thinking about—and predicting—police misconduct with an eye towards integrating such information into police reform and training efforts in the city.