Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction

Data & Research

CBCR Sites Use Data and Research to Guide Program Strategy

Researchers are engaged in the day-to-day work of each CBCR project, helping partners examine problems, select evidence-informed strategies, monitor progress and capture results.

  • Focus on Hot Spots: CBCR sites target a discrete urban neighborhood or rural area with disproportionately high crime, and often the blocks or other “microplaces” that drive large proportions of calls for service or crime incidents in that area.
  • Analyzing Diverse Crime Drivers: CBCR researchers are helping cross-sector teams get a full picture of drivers of crime by analyzing spatial and temporal patterns of crime, offender and victim attributes; patterns of blight, vacancy and other environmental factors; and social factors such as mobility and distrust that influence public safety.
  • Evidence-Informed Solutions: CBCR sites select strategies to prevent and reduce crime that have been shown through research to be effective, or draw on available research to craft innovative strategies to respond to specific local problems.
  • Research-Practitioner Partnerships: As part of the Innovations Suite of programs administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, CBCR is adding to knowledge about how researchers can work with residents and organizational partners to pursue strategies informed by data and evidence.
Featured Resource

A new report discusses ways communities, law enforcement and public health researchers can work together to prevent violence and reduce crime. Read the report from the California Endowment, the Center for Court Innovation, and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

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CBCR In Action

The CBCR team in Baltimore’s McElderry Park neighborhood has created a data portal to make it easier for residents, community groups and other interested parties to keep on top of what is happening in the neighborhood.

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