Implementation and Evaluation Support for the New York City Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP)

In 2017, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) engaged the assistance of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to support a comprehensive initiative focused on the safety and well-being of New York City residents living in public housing communities. JohnJayREC’s involvement in the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP) was supported by $28M in contracts between the New York City government and the City University of New York (CUNY), managed by the Research Foundation of CUNY (RF-CUNY), fiscal agent for all research projects housed at CUNY campuses.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Shola Olatoye, former chair of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), meet with NYCHA residents in 2016. Photo from Medium.

JohnJayREC assisted MOCJ with the implementation and evaluation of MAP in housing developments operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The communities served by MAP were disproportionately affected by crime in recent years. MAP enhanced coordination between the New York City Police Department, NYCHA, other City service agencies and public housing residents. Together, the partners addressed an array of physical, economic, and social conditions to create safer and stronger neighborhoods. Various strategies included those designed to build problem-solving approaches with residents and police, to expand access to youth employment, to improve the security of NYCHA buildings and related infrastructure, and to create routine and sustainable ways for residents to work with City officials on public safety. Staff members at JohnJayREC supported MOCJ in formulating implementation strategies and organizing the efforts of various subcontracted partners. In addition, JohnJayREC conducted the evaluation of the MAP initiative.

Products
Read reports from the MAP project.

Funding
$28.7 Million over 30 months.

JohnJayREC Staff
Jeffrey Butts (PI), Wogod Alawlaqi, Nicole Alexander, Justice Banks, Rebecca Balletto, Patricia Cobar, Sheyla Delgado, Richard Espinobarros, Shola Gbemi, Imani Isaac, Gina Moreno, Emmanuel Oni, Rhoda Ramdeen, Kathleen Tomberg, Naudia Williams, and Kevin Wolff (affiliated faculty).

MAP Advisory Committee
JohnJayREC’s evaluation of the MAP initiative was guided and supported by an Advisory Committee with members recruited from universities and research organizations.