How much will it cost to properly fund the research our country needs to stem gun violence and save lives?
The Joyce Foundation and Arnold Ventures released a new report finding that the federal government needs to spend roughly $600 million over five years – far more than currently proposed – to fully implement recommendations on gathering and disseminating data to help policymakers and lawmakers address and solve gun violence. The report – "Cost Estimate for Federal Funding for Gun Violence Research and Data Infrastructure" – was prepared by Health Management Associates (HMA). It is based on previous recommendations by Joyce on a future research agenda, and by an expert panel from NORC at the University of Chicago, which outlined more than a dozen needed actions by the federal government to reinforce the necessary data infrastructure.
During this webinar, speakers Shani Buggs, PhD, MPH, Zach Gaumer, and John Roman, PhD, MPP shared their perspectives on the new costs report and key issues in gun violence prevention research, data infrastructure and federal investment needed to close the current policy research gap.
The slides presented by panelist Zach Gaumer, Health Management Associates principal, can be viewed here.
Other resources mentioned or recommended by the panelists:
- 100 Critical Questions for Gun Violence Research report by the Joyce Foundation
- Findings and reports from the Expert Panel on Firearms Data Infrastructure convened by NORC at the University of Chicago
- Health Affairs and Urban Institute blog posts offering recommendations for researchers (and others) to address inequities in the research field
- Ethnicity and Disease journal article presenting a transdisciplinary framework for analyzing structural determinants of racial health inequities, with implications and practical use suggestions for researchers and policymakers
- JAMA Research Letter: Funding and Publication of Research on Gun Violence and Other Leading Causes of Death
This webinar was cohosted with Arnold Ventures.
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Lunch & Learn webinar series: The Joyce Foundation hosts a virtual webinar series highlighting emerging research on gun violence through the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program. View past recording here, and join the mailing list to receive invitations for future webinars in this series that are free and open to the public. The series builds on the Joyce Foundation’s long history of funding research on gun violence with new data and the latest findings on emerging topics, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on gun violence. See our 25 Years of Impactful Grant Making report to learn more about the Foundation's Gun Violence Prevention work.
About The Joyce Foundation
Joyce is a nonpartisan, private foundation that invests in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region.