Raising the Bar in Research-Based, Analytics-Driven Police Administration

As part owner of Benchmark, the University of Chicago is the lead member of our diversified research consortium. Its Center for Data Science and Public Policy has played a key role by developing a series of predictive models and algorithms that identify patterns of officer conduct that lead to problematic behavior in policing.

The University of Chicago has been instrumental in creating a revolutionary EIS based on longitudinal studies and analyses of officer conduct over time — in progressive police departments such as Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC. This analytic tool pinpoints those data variables that truly matter in signaling off-track behavior. It is designed to limit false positives and flag intervention early on, in time to take preventative action before the behavior becomes a real problem.

Supporting Policies Informed by Evidence

The Joyce Foundation is joining our research consortium to accelerate research and best practices on police early intervention.

This partnership will assist in closing the current research and knowledge gap around understanding how to most accurately identify and support law enforcement officers who are at risk of engaging in problematic conduct. The foundation's participation will help:

  • Provide on-going evaluation and case study for the application of research-based early intervention systems in four pilot police departments
  • Curate and facilitate further research questions for investigation and focus
  • Drive policy and national learnings through the evaluation of a national benchmark on key early intervention data