Description

The evaluation of the Phoenix CeaseFire project will be guided by staff from the Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety (CVPCS) at Arizona State University. Following the Chicago CeaseFire evaluation, (Skogan, Harnett, Bump, & Dubois, 2008)1 CVPCS will provide evaluation resources in three categories: 1) qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis; 2) geospatial analyses of crime hot-spots; and 3) social network analyses. Qualitative and quantitative analyses will develop and monitor data collection strategies. Using focus group interviews, observations, interviews, and surveys, we will identify clear baseline data for program start dates, crime rates during pre-implementation, public attitudes, and initiation of violence interrupter activities. We will control for crime rate changes in the surrounding metropolitan community and compare to changes in Phoenix Ceasefire target areas. Working with Phoenix Police Department crime data in and computer-aided dispatch data, we will replicate analyses conducted by Chicago CeaseFire, allowing for extraneous geographic conditions affecting buffer zones, such as major interstates that unnaturally divide neighborhoods. The third analytic support function will allow Phoenix CeaseFire to incorporate data collection strategies that will allow the Phoenix site to fully participate in any comprehensive replication of the previous NIJ evaluation. The data collection method for this function will come from interviews, surveys, and crime data. Interviews will be conducted with violence interrupters, program participants, key stakeholders and service providers. Surveys will target individuals in different components of the Phoenix CeaseFire project, modeling the evaluation strategy for surveys employed by Skogan and colleagues (2008).t
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/1/097/31/11

Funding

  • US Department of Justice (DOJ): $105,970.00

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violence
evaluation
crime rate
offense
interview
community
data collection method
statistical analysis
service provider
social network
police
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