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JANUARY 17, 2024 // Exploring New Community-Engaged Models for Public Safety Reform

How would we measure “safety” if it was defined by communities themselves? 

Held in-person at the Oakland Museum of California and live streamed, Exploring New Community-Engaged Models for Public Safety Reform featured a panel discussion and reception that brought together researchers, community organizations, and local policymakers to highlight results from collaborative work integrating diverse residents’ voices into public safety policy design and evaluation. The event also featured an interactive exhibit and celebrated the release of a new report and multimedia toolkit aimed at identifying and improving the conditions that create public safety. 

Over the past two years, researchers from the Lab partnered with six innovative community organizations, nine unique Oakland communities, and hundreds of city residents to understand public safety through the eyes of those who have been disproportionately affected by crime and violence. With our Firsthand Framework, we are producing community-sourced data that can be used for identifying, piloting, and evaluating new directions for public safety reform.

Learn more about our ongoing Firsthand Framework for Policy Innovation work here.