Below are the current independent evaluations of the Cure Violence model:
New York Evaluations (NYC-Cure) – John Jay Research & Evaluation Center
An extensive evaluation of the Cure Violence program in 2 communities in New York City is currently being conducted by John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center. Although the complete evaluation is ongoing, there have been several reports released with important findings.
“Effectiveness of the Cure Violence Model in New York City” (2015)
- 18% reduction in killings compared to 69% increase in controls
“Young Men in Neighborhoods with Cure Violence Programs Adopt Attitudes Less Supportive of Violence“ (2017)
- 14% reduction in attitudes supporting violence, with no change in controls
“Perceptions of Violence in Harlem, South Bronx, East New York, Morrisania, and Bed-Stuy” (2015)
- Young men in Cure Violence zones reported Increased confidence in police and increased willingness to contact police
Read all of the reports on Cure Violence from John Jay REC
Baltimore Evaluation – CDC/Johns Hopkins
A 2012 CDC/Johns Hopkins evaluation of 4 communities in Baltimore.
- 56% reductions in killings and 34% in shootings in one community
- Reductions across all 4 communities
- 276 conflict mediations
- Reductions spread to surrounding communities
- Norms on violence were changed – people in program site were much less likely to accept the use of a gun to settle a dispute; 4 times more likely to show little or no support for gun use.
Learn more about the Baltimore evaluation (summary)
Download the full Baltimore evaluation report
Chicago Evaluation – NIJ/Northwestern
A 2009 NIJ/Northwestern University evaluation analyzed 7 communities in Chicago.
- 41% to 73% reductions in shootings
- 40% reduction/cooling of hot spots
- 100% reductions in retaliation homicides in 5 of 8 communities
- “Overall, the impact of the CeaseFire Program is significant and moderate-to-large in size.”
- “In every program area there was a substantial decline in the median density of shootings following the introduction of CeaseFire.”
Learn more about the Chicago evaluation (summary)
Download the full Chicago evaluation report
Chicago Evaluation – McCormick Foundation/University of Chicago/UIC
A 2013 McCormick Foundation/University of Chicago/UIC quantitative and a qualitative evaluation of the 2012/2013 CeaseFire illinois/Cure Violence program covered two Chicago neighborhoods.
- 31% greater decrease in killings
- 1% greater decrease in total violent crimes (including domestic violence),
- 19% greater decrease in shootings
- CeaseFire high-risk participants reported decreased involvement in crime and violence,
Learn more about the McCormick Evaluation (Summary)
Download the McCormick Qualitative Evaluation
Download the McCormick Quantitative Evaluation
New York Evaluation – BJA/Center for Court Innovation
In New York City, a 2010 BJA/Center for Court Innovation evaluation analyzed the program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
- 20% lower shootings compared to control
- More than 100 mediations involving more than 1,000 people
- Average monthly shooting rates decreased by 6%, while increasing in the three comparison areas between 18% and 28%
Learn more about the New York evaluation (summary)
Download the full New York evaluation report