Success in New York

Evaluation measures impact of Save Our Streets, a partner of Cure Violence in New York City, demonstrated effective for reducing shootings and killings.

According to new research from the Center for Court Innovation, the average monthly shooting rates in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where the anti-violence project Save Our Streets operates, decreased by six percent from early 2010 through 2011. In surrounding areas shooting rates increased by 18 to 28 percent. When compared with the upward trend in the surrounding precincts, the research suggests that gun violence in Crown Heights was 20 percent lower than what it would have been without Save Our Streets.

The new research report, “Testing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence,” details a comprehensive impact and process evaluation of the anti-violence initiative Save Our Streets, which started in Crown Heights in 2010. Save Our Streets is based on the Cure Violence model with the evaluation marking the third study to demonstrate the effectiveness of a replication (check out results from Baltimore and Chicago).

According to MIT SaxeLab and the Project on Justice in Times of Transition (PJTT) for over 50 years methods of conflict resolution have been developed with mixed results. Until recently, very little effort has been put forward to evaluate such interventions, yet Cure Violence has the remarkable distinction among violence prevention programs for now having three comprehensive evaluations demonstrate the effectiveness of the public health model in three cities (read more here).