Chicago CRED

Chicago CRED is a multifaceted approach to reducing gun violence that strives to create lasting change by working directly with individuals who are most likely to be involved in gun violence.

Beginning with direct street outreach efforts, Chicago CRED invites its participants to engage in a comprehensive intervention that connects this hard-to-reach population with services, including dedicated life coaching, trauma counseling, education, and ultimately reliable jobs. Chicago CRED, which launched in 2016, operates in communities on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

CORNERS' mixed methods research and evaluation of Chicago CRED includes participant observations and longitudinal interviews, as well as quasi-experimental analyses exploring the program's impact on:

  1. Participant and group-levels of involvement in violence.
  2. Positive outcomes, such as education, social support, and employment.
  3. Process-related outcomes, including how Chicago CRED participants experience the program.

CORNERS is conducting an innovative case control study which will provide a powerful way to assess program impact beyond violence and allows for an examination of other factors like health, housing, and social networks.

To learn more about this project, please contact:
Dallas Wright
Research Project Manager
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