History of the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative


We launched the Chicago Gun Violence Research Collaborative (CGVRC) in June 2016. During the first year, we built an organizational structure consisting of a leadership team, Research Workgroup, Community Engagement Workgroup, Philanthropy and Media Workgroup.


We created a core faculty group to govern and activate the work of the CGVRC. DePaul, UIC, Loyola, Rush and Adler universities made the commitment to serving as the research backbone. Sinai Urban Health Institute served as the lead organization for the CGVRC from inception (Spring 2016) through Spring 2018. We have now adopted a 2-year rotation of the lead CGVRC organization. Beginning June 1, 2018, the DePaul University participating faculty assumed leadership, with Noam Ostrander, PhD, MPH, LCSW, Associate Professor, Department of Social Work, serving as the Chair (Director) of the CGVRC.

Faculty from each of the core research organizations, along with faculty, researchers and students from other Chicago universities and institutes have participated on the Research Workgroup of the CGVRC, as well as on the Community Engagement Workgroup.


The CGVRC Research Fellowship, launched in Fall 2017, created a formal mechanism to support faculty and graduate student involvement in the development of a community-based research agenda. We propose focusing the Fall 2018 fellowship program on: (1) translating our 2017 research into published articles, presentations and community-friendly communications; and (2) creating a research activism training agenda, that includes launching a summer Research Activism Institute for youth.

Jess Lynch (Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI)) and Camille Williamson (Adler University) have led, and will continue to led the Community Engagement Workgroup. With community member participation and interactions with the CGVRC, Jess and Camille created and implemented a community listening process that led to a research framework for conducting research by, for and with communities.