Chicago is poised to become the leading hub for innovation in preventing youth violence.


Because the challenges we face are not unique to Chicago, effective solutions here have the potential to be transformative in other urban settings as well.







This initiative demonstrates a new paradigm in research and practice that seeks to bring rigor and responsiveness to pressing urban challenges and to generate data and evidence about what works for whom and why – data and evidence to help the public sector and its partners in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, do the most social good possible per dollar spent.


To address the problem of youth violence by bringing together the front-line knowledge of practitioners, the leadership of policymakers, and the insights of researchers, Get In Chicago, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the University of Chicago Crime Lab announce the launch of a design challenge to identify promising interventions.


One or more winning entries will be selected to receive up to $1 million each in funding support.


Practitioners, policymakers and researchers are encouraged to propose their most innovative ideas and to harness the collective power of their varied perspectives.

Reducing Youth Violence in Chicago:

A Design Competition

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Announcement of Winners - June 4, 2015