OFVP Firearm Violence Research Group


The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention's Firearm Violence Research Group's (FVRG) purpose is to support the office to identify outcome measures for RPSA funded programs, along with inform on metrics and data collection practices that best measure impact at a community level.  The FVRG was created as result of the Reimagine Public Safety Act (RPSA) (430 ILCS 69), comprised of recommended research experts experienced in examining data trends related to firearm violence prevention and interpreting these trends to identify effective interventions that support impacted communities. 

FVRG Goals

  • Identify relevant community data trends, characteristics and social determinants of health for RPSA eligible community areas by February, 2022.
  • Identify outcome measures for OFVP programs, along with metrics and data collection best practices by March 1, 2022.
  • Provide a report to the OFVP on best practices of violence prevention by June 1, 2022 that will advise the office on how to best provide resources to support these communities.

FVRG Resources



Name Title Organization
Joe Hoereth Director UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement 
Tammy Kochel Professor Southern Illinois University
Darryl Kroner Professor Southern Illinois University
Timothy Lavery Director of the Research & Analysis Unit Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA)
Soledad McGrath Executive Director Northwestern Neighborhood Initiative
David Olson Co-Director Loyola, Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice
Andrew Papachristos Director Northwestern University
Christopher Patterson Assistant Secretary, Office of Firearm Violence Prevention Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
Dr. Jon Patterson Assistant Professor Chicago State University
Karrie Rueter Associate Director Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS)
Kim Smith Director of Programs, Crime and Education Lab University of Chicago, Crime Lab
Dr. Lance Williams Assistant Professor Northeastern Illinois University

Administrative Support

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