News Release

Gill receives funding for data analysis and reporting for "A Beautiful Safe Place For Youth" project

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Charlotte Gill, Associate Professor, Criminology, Law and Society, received continued funding from the City of Seattle to conduct surveys and interviews/focus groups in Rainier Beach crime hot spots.  

The scope of the survey and additional qualitative research will be determined early in 2022 in collaboration with members of the "A Beautiful Safe Place for Youth" (ABSPY) Core Team.  

ABSPY is a community-led, place-based youth crime prevention project in crime hot spots that began in 2014. The initiative brings together community members to take ownership over public safety through positive collaboration and engagement. Since ABSPY started, youth crime has decreased in the hot spots and residents believe that ABSPY interventions make the community safer. 

The majority of the primary data collection will take place in the summer of 2022, subject to ongoing COVID-19 precautions. Mason's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) will hire and manage three local researchers and one team leader in Seattle.  

This research team will receive training in survey data collection, interviewing techniques, and field research from CEBCP staff and conduct in-person interviews/focus groups and survey data collection (door-to-door and/or street surveys) as determined by the Core Team.  

For her part, Gill, the Principal Investigator, will oversee the entire project, including the administration of the contract, management of crime data and necessary permissions, liaison with and reporting to the sponsor, supervision of the graduate research assistant and local researchers in Seattle, development of the survey and interview instruments, analysis of survey and interview data, and production of the final report. 

Funding for this project began in January 2022 and will end in late December 2022. 


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