Local Measures

The Need for Neighborhood-Level Data in Youth Violence Prevention Initiatives

by Jeffrey A. Butts and Alana M. Henninger
January 17, 2017

cover_localmeasuresThe data infrastructures available for tracking youth violence in the United States do not provide a clear view of neighborhood-level change. Effective strategies for dealing with youth violence inevitably focus on small areas like neighborhoods, and they involve partnerships with community organizations, local schools, hospitals, housing agencies, and organizations in the cultural and recreational sectors. This small-area focus makes it essential to measure the effects of violence prevention efforts at the neighborhood level. At best, however, national data systems track violence at the level of entire cities. [read on the web]