Evaluation of the 2013 Community Violence Prevention Program
The Illinois Statistical Analysis Center conducted an evaluation of the Community Violence Prevention Program (CVPP) to determine whether it is meeting its goals and objectives. The program has three components: the Youth Employment Program, the Parent Program, and the Reentry Program. The evaluation is designed to guide programmatic enhancements and funding decisions.
The Youth Employment Program offered job readiness training, mentoring, and summer employment to approximately 1,800 youth participants in 24 Chicago-area communities. Researchers used multiple surveys of program staff and participants in order to obtain feedback on trainings for participants, the employment component, mentoring component, and general program operations. They used administrative data and developed seven surveys, including two training evaluation surveys, one pre- and post-test, and four exit surveys.
The Parent Program employed and prepared over 1,000 parent leaders to conduct parent-driven community service projects in 24 Chicago and South Suburban neighborhoods. Researchers used administrative data and multiple surveys of program staff and participants in order to obtain feedback on training for participants and general program operations. They developed four surveys including a training evaluation survey, a pre- and post-survey, and two exit surveys.
The Reentry Program served formerly incarcerated youth returning to 12 Chicago communities by providing or linking them to services. Researchers conducted interviews with Reentry Case Managers to learn more about the program's operations.
The three reports for the 2013 CVPP evaluation will be available soon on the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) website. An evaluation of the second year of the program, 2014, is currently in progress.