In 2023, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) asked the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to examine the City’s efforts across three program domains to assess their current operations and the potential for future evaluations to document their effects on neighborhood safety and the well-being of residents. The effort focused on:
- The network of community-based gun violence prevention programs inspired by Cure Violence and known in New York as the Crisis Management System (CMS),
- The Mayor’s Action Plan (MAP), an initiative to improve the health and safety of residents in the City’s public housing developments, and
- The youth-focused Precision Employment Initiative (PEI).
Researchers interviewed informed community leaders, program staff, and residents to document the intent and implementation of the four programs. A final report included findings from these efforts and preliminary evaluation plans for the programs.
Rebecca Balletto, Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill (Affiliated Scholar), Jeffrey A. Butts, Patricia Cobar, Sheyla Delgado, Fidel Osorio, Rhoda Ramdeen, and Kathleen Tomberg.
$262,810. NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.