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Graduate Research Assistant

The SGA assistantship will support the Northeastern University/University of Pennsylvania (Penn) team in conducting a targeted community needs assessment to describe the neighborhood aspects of Boston’s gang and youth violence problem. The assessment may include: analyzing official data from the Boston Police Department to identify neighborhoods characterized by high rates of violent crime and a documented gang presence; conducting a review of criminology literature to understand the community risk factors facilitating gang and youth violence; gathering and analyzing community data from a variety of sources to assess the spatial distribution of the underlying structural and social conditions associated with Boston’s youth and gang violence problem; and examining youth violence prevention programming in Boston provided by social service providers supported by Shannon funds.

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  • Project Title

    Shannon Community Safety Initiative Research Assistant

  • Faculty / Project Lead

    Reporting to Megan Denver, Northeastern and Stephen Douglas, University of Pennsylvania

  • Project Description

    To support the City of Boston’s Shannon Community Safety Initiative programming, the Northeastern/Penn team received funding to serve as a Local Action Research Partner (LARP) to assess Boston’s gang and youth violence problem and the available community resources supported to address youth violence. Shannon LARPs gather and analyze programmatic and community data to assess current Shannon violent prevention efforts and identify potential areas of improvement for future grant cycles.

  • Qualifications Necessary

    The ideal candidate will bring: strong research skills including experience with quantitative data analysis, effective written communication skills, the ability to work in a team environment and ask questions when clarification is required, and good time management skills.