Using Data to Reduce Violent Crime in Indian Communities

​Between 2009 and 2012, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) at the U.S. Department of the Interior succeeded in reducing violent crime on four Indian reservations in significant need of greater public safety by a combined 55 percent. The BIA achieved this dramatic improvement by overcoming a scarcity of crime data, staffing shortages, and a violent crime rate that at the start was over twice the national average.

The BIA’s achievements demonstrate what government can accomplish by adopting a data-driven approach and focusing on outcomes. By setting a clear, outcome-based goal, collecting the right data, and making data-driven course corrections to refine new approaches to reducing crime, the BIA has surpassed expectations and achieved previously inconceivable gains in promoting safe Indian communities. Download the article to learn more. 

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