Consider gathering data about violence problems, but also community resources and assets. This information can help you better understand what is going on in your community and better track changes that occur. Here are some examples:
• Data on youth violence in the community
(Potential sources: law enforcement, hospitals, neighborhood watch groups)
Where is youth violence and crime happening across your community and at what rate? What types of violence and crime happen most often? How does youth violence vary across neighborhoods within the area?
• Community resources, assets, and infrastructure
(Potential source: local community-based organizations)
What schools, community centers, parks and recreation facilities, job training centers, faith organizations, businesses, transportation systems, and service agencies are in place and where?
For information and tools to help you assess the resources, assets, and infrastructure in your community, visit www.abcdinstitute.org.