An Assessment of the Implementation of the Act Relative to the Reduction in Gun Violence

NU- Public Evaluation Lab Offers No-Cost Evaluation Opportunity for Greater Boston Area Organizations

Capturing Human Trafficking Victimization Through Crime Reporting

The Institute on Race and Justice (IRJ) utilizes an innovative community based, participatory research model.  This innovative model is a research and advocacy partnership between Northeastern University faculty and members of the IRJ Community Advisory Board. The IRJ Community Advisory Board consists of eleven Community Practitioners whose leadership in the Boston area reflects a broad range of expertise.

The IRJ model works from another set of starting points and presumptions, where the goal of the research is to help communities achieve their own goals. This cannot be accomplished without the active, dynamic and two-way partnership between community members and researchers.  In a participatory research model, both academics and community residents are “experts” with different areas of expertise.  As a result, research conducted using this model is qualitatively different than research reports conducted using traditional researcher-subject methods.

IRJ Awarded Grant to Develop Hate Crime Resource Center

Professors of Practice in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Jack McDevittDirector of the Institute on Race and Justice and Carlos Cuevas, Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory, received a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to develop a Hate Crime Resource Center for all the Elementary, Middle and High Schools in Massachusetts. The project team also includes researchers from American University and the Anti-Defamation League of New England.


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Amy Farrell
Associate Director and Co-Director of the VJRL
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Lisa Laguerre
Associate Director of Community Relations
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Carlos Cuevas
Co-Director of the VJRL