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The Science and Practice of Street Outreach in Illinois

At the end of November, Chicago’s homicide record for the year tallied 739, which was the highest number for any city in the United States and a 3% increase over 2020. With such alarmingly high numbers, people are searching for viable strategies to address the violence. 

A December 8 symposium held at Northwestern University by the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3) examined a central violence prevention strategy in Chicago—street outreach. The symposium, “Advancing the Science and Practice of Street Outreach: Lessons Learned and the Future of Street Outreach in Illinois,” brought researchers, nonprofit leaders, and street outreach professionals together to discuss emerging research on street outreach and how to continue building the infrastructure to strengthen the field. 

Research News

IPR's Top 2021 Articles

As the COVID-19 crisis continued to ravage the U.S. and the globe, 2021 saw a January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the inauguration of a new U.S. president, record numbers of homicides, and a vaccine rollout, among other news. Many of IPR’s most-read articles reflect these and other pressing current events. But they also zeroed in on research that reflects ongoing societal concerns, such as the intensifying opioid crisis, the long-term effects of school shootings, addressing racism, and how language boosts infants’ brains.

Racial Stereotypes Shape Our Perceptions of Risk-Takers

A new study co-authored by IPR psychologist Sylvia Perry with James Wages (PhD, 2021) provides evidence that perceptions about risk-takers are influenced by racial stereotypes. They find that responsible risk-taking was associated with White stereotypes and reckless risk-taking with Black stereotypes.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty includes how media consumption shapes COVID-19 misinformation in Russia, whether school-based mentoring can reduce students' risk of suicide, and how economic development affects the environment. 

Faculty in the News

“Families that have to spend a higher share of their incomes on necessities get squeezed more when the prices of necessities increase."

—Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Here's Why Groceries Keep Getting More Expensive
Working Papers

Comparison of IgG and Neutralizing Antibody Responses After One or Two Doses of COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine in Previously Infected and Uninfected Persons (WP-21-13)*
Alexis Demonbreun, Amelia Sancilio, Matt Velez, Daniel Ryan, Rana Saber, Lauren Vaught, Nina Reiser, Ryan Hsieh, Richard D’Aquila, Brian Mustanski, Elizabeth McNally, and Thomas McDade

A Soul’s View of the Optimal Population Problem (WP-21-14)*
David de la Croix and Matthias Doepke

The Distribution of School Spending Impacts (WP-21-15)
Kirabo Jackson and Claire Mackevicius

How Intergroup Contact Can Change Policy Views (WP-21-16)
James Druckman and Elizabeth Sharrow

Developmental Plasticity, Epigenetics, and Race: Historical Lessons and Contemporary Considerations (WP-21-17)
Maurizio Meloni, Tessa Moll, and Christopher Kuzawa

* Designates that the working paper has been published.

More Working Papers

Registration is required to attend IPR’s events for the winter 2022 quarter online. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

Jan. 10: “M(ai)cro: Centering the Macrosystem in Racial Identity Development”
Onnie Rogers (IPR/Psychology)

Jan. 24: “Family Norms in Flux”
Julia Behrman (IPR/Sociology)

Jan. 31: “Norm-Based Messaging as an Anti-Corruption Tool: Evidence from Three Experiments in Ukraine”
Jordan Gans-Morse (Political Science/IPR)

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