Remediating Academic and Non-Academic Skills Deficit Among Disadvantaged Youth

Improving the life chances of disadvantaged youth is a top policy priority for the U.S., yet remarkably few effective intervention strategies have been identified – particularly for males. This lack of understanding of how to effectively intervene helps explain why the high school graduation rate in the US today is not much different from in 1970 (despite growing returns to schooling), and why the homicide rate in the US today is not much different from that of 1950 (or 1900). The core theme of this project is to learn more about the most effective (and cost-effective) ways to improve schooling and other long-term life outcomes and reduce risk of violence involvement and delinquency of disadvantaged youth.

In partnership with the research team at the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab and Chicago Public Schools, SRO field interviewers will administer an in-person computer-assisted survey (that includes a math assessment) to 1200 young men aged 12-18. The results of the survey will help demonstrate which interventions have been most effective.