The Government Alliance for Safe Communities

The Government Alliance for Safe Communities (GASC, formerly IGP) was established in 2021 to develop a coordinated plan for distributing more than $500 million from ARPA funding in violence intervention efforts across the State of Illinois.

CORNERS is partnering with the Government Alliance for Safe Communities - consisting of the City of Chicago, the Cook County Justice Advisory Council (JAC), the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) - to evaluate the process and impact of community violence intervention (CVI) grant-making and capacity building efforts. CORNERS' partnership with the GASC began in late 2022, and the project is expected to continue until early 2027.

CORNERS' research and evaluation of the GASC aims to answer the following questions:

  1. Where and at what scale was ARPA CVI funding invested?
  2. What helps or hinders implementation of this coordinated initiative at the grantee and government level?
  3. What is the overall impact of the GASC's coordinated investments on community outcomes, such as violence and well-being?
  4. How does the GASC’s coordination and capacity building impact CVI/Street Outreach grantees?

CORNERS' evaluation of the Government Alliance for Safe Communities will assess the process and impact of its investments in violence prevention and street outreach, creating a case study for the collaborative funding arrangement and demonstrating the impact of CVI investments across communities where grantees operate.

To learn more about this project, please contact:
Katie Pelech
Research Project Manager
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