Data-Driven Office of Violence Prevention Programs

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Organization:

City of Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention

City:

Philadelphia

State:

Pennsylvania

Organization Overview:

The Office of Violence Prevention implements violence prevention strategies and initiatives that strive to prevent, reduce, and end violence – particularly gun violence – in the City of Philadelphia. Working in close partnership with law enforcement, City agencies, and the community, the Office works to build the needed coalitions to advance effective prevention policies and programs citywide, while increasing awareness about what works and building on the strengths in communities to promote a culture of nonviolence.

Project Name:

Data-Driven Office of Violence Prevention Programs
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan; Performance Management

Project Overview:

The Office of Violence Prevention manages key programs that serve individuals at the highest risk for being involved in gun violence. Two of these programs—Community Crisis Intervention Program (CCIP) and Violence Prevention Program (VPP, formerly YVRP)—involve direct, enhanced contact with individuals and community members as well as referral to services. This project will aid OVP’s strategic planning and performance management efforts by building a research-informed data infrastructure that supports longitudinal data collection and analysis. A successful project will streamline CCIP and VPP data entry process, standardize their data collection, and empower OVP seeks to generate analyses, such as trend reports, spatial analyses, and monthly/quarterly/annual reports. This project is critical to ensuring that these programs are data-driven, evidence-based, and nimble.


Deliverable(s):

  1. Comprehensive review and best practices report – Conduct a comprehensive review of the current state of OVP programs’ data capacity; identify data collection gaps; and provide best practice recommendations for improving data capabilities—including but not limited to: data collection, metrics, and analysis—as we well as communication/dissemination best practices.
  2. Data infrastructure Informed by the findings and recommendations of the review, assist in building out the data infrastructure—that supports both the data collection (input) and the generation of reports and analyses (output)—required for OVP to implement the comprehensive review recommendations. For those who are interested in data and analytics, this may include innovating existing databases, creation of new data systems, data visualization, statistical modeling, report creation, etc. to enhance the data capacity of OVP.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326
felsinstitute@sas.upenn.edu