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March 8, 2012


Community Safety Scorecard:
Using Neighborhood Data to Inform a Comprehensive Approach

Thursday, March 22, 2012
10 to 11:30 a.m. PT / 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET
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Join UNITY Co-Chair Billie Weiss and other evaluation experts to learn about Los Angeles' innovative place-based model, the Community Safety Scorecard. Learn how to pinpoint the areas of your city that require the most urgent attention, and how to use data to guide smart investment decisions.

The Community Safety Scorecard assesses the factors in every neighborhood in Los Angeles that either prevent violence or make it more likely. From Watts to Hollywood, Koreatown to Century City, this model replaces macro statistics with fine-grained analysis, capturing protective factors as well as risk factors. The Community Safety Scorecard serves as a blueprint for advocates to depict the challenges of disadvantaged communities using hard data. The Scorecard gives four letter grades from A to F to every ZIP code in the City of Los Angeles, one grade for each of four community conditions: the state of its schools, degree of safety, concentration of risk factors, and number of protective factors. The Scorecard makes a strong case for using a comprehensive approach to create neighborhood safety. Register now and join the discussion.

Presenters include:

  • Billie Weiss—UNITY Co-Chair; Department of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Paul Hsu—UNITY Team Member; Senior Researcher, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
  • Maribel Meza—Senior Policy Analyst, Advancement Project California
  • Susan Lee—Director of Urban Peace, Advancement Project California


What is the UNITY Data & Evaluation Webinar Series?

Implementing new approaches can be intimidating for even the most seasoned practitioner, but innovative strategies are required to move the field of prevention forward. The UNITY Data & Evaluation Webinar Series is designed as a set of candid conversations for participants to learn and share with peers and with national experts committed to prevention.

For each webinar in this series, UNITY will:
  • Provide examples of lessons learned from experienced practitioners
  • Explore challenges and opportunities posed by the moderator and audience
  • Identify opportunities to support comprehensive, multi-sector strategies


UNITY is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in part by The Kresge Foundation. For more information, visit www.preventioninstitute.org/unity.

Billie Weiss, Local Hero

Congratulations to UNITY Co-Chair Billie Weiss on her selection as a 2012 Local Hero. Union Bank honors Billie as part of its celebration of Women’s History Month and recognizes her efforts to build safer communities. View this KCET news clip to learn more about Billie’s accomplishments and to hear her speak on the public health approach to preventing violence.

3/20: CDC Bullying Prevention on Twitter

Participate in a Bullying Prevention Live Chat on Twitter, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Join the live chat on Tuesday, March 20, from 3 to 4 p.m. at: http://twitter.com/CDCInjury, #VetoViolence.

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