Charlotte Gill, Associate Professor, Criminology, Law and Society, received ongoing funding from the City of Seattle to conduct surveys and interviews/focus groups in Rainier Beach crime hotspots.
The scope of the survey and additional qualitative research will be determined in early 2022 in collaboration with A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth (ABSPY) core team members.
ABSPY is a community-led, crime hotspot-based youth crime prevention project that began in 2014. The initiative brings community members together to take ownership of public safety through a positive collaboration and engagement. Since the beginning of ABSPY, youth crime has decreased in hotspots and residents believe that ABSPY’s interventions make the community safer.
The majority of primary data collection will take place in the summer of 2022, subject to ongoing COVID-19 precautions. The Mason’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) will hire and manage three local researchers and a team leader in Seattle.
This research team will receive training in survey data collection, interview techniques and field research from CEBCP staff and will conduct in-person interviews/focus groups and data collection. investigation (door-to-door and/or street investigations) as determined by the Core Team.
For her part, Gill, the Principal Investigator, will oversee the entire project, including contract administration, handling crime data and necessary clearances, sponsor liaison and reporting, overseeing the graduate research assistant and local researchers in Seattle. , development of survey and interview instruments, analysis of survey and interview data and production of the final report.
Funding for this project began in January 2022 and will end at the end of December 2022.
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