What does an epidemiologist know about reducing violence in Chicago?

This post is the final in a five part series examining the anti-violence program CeaseFire.  The first four parts of the series covered: The Illinois Auditor General’s audit of CeaseFire finannces, Northwestern’s evaluation of CeaseFire, media’s coverage of the program, and the role race plays in the defining of effectiveness of the program.  Today’s post covers the issue[…]


CeaseFire – Effectiveness, and the role race plays in determining the definition?

If you have been keeping up with my series you know that little in the way of true evidence has been brought forward to validate the assumptions made by CeaseFire administrators and other program backers. This has not stopped the Chicago media and academia from eagerly joining the chorus of individuals and institutions calling for[…]

Irresistibly Delicious Story

Ceasefire as an Irresistibly Delicious Story! (Part III of IV)

The Chicago media and their reporting on the anti-violence program Ceasefire. Part III in a series. In today’s installment we take a closer look at the reporting from the Chicago media on the issues surrounding the re-initiation of State funding of Ceasefire. In previous installments we have examined in detail the audit of Ceasefire’s handling[…]

Social Science as a Disaster

Social Science as a Disaster – Northwestern’s Evaluation of Ceasefire (Part II of IV)

This blog is part II of a multi-part series discussion issues surrounding the re-funding of the anti-violence program Ceasefire.  You can check out  the previously posted blog titled “The Audit of Ceasefire…..(Part I in a Series)”  You can also find every documents mentioned in the series available in PDF format in FOI Center.  Part III[…]


The Audit of Ceasefire….. (Part I in a Series)

One of the goals of the Chicago Justice Project is to enhance public discourse on issues where an open public discussion has been lacking or on issues where the discussion requires a greater degree of factual evidence. Nowhere is this more needed than in the discussion to re-fund the antiviolence program Ceasefire. Gary Slutkin, the[…]