The City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) oversees a Comprehensive Strategy that involves the provision of prevention services, gang intervention services, violence interruption activities, and involvement in proactive peace-making activities. GRYD is committed to evaluating these programs and currently contracts with California State University, Los Angeles to oversee all research and evaluation activities related to GRYD.
Denise Herz, Ph.D., in the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics oversees and directs the GRYD Research and Evaluation Team. The team works to evaluate the GRYD Comprehensive Strategy using both qualitative and quantitative data. Key goals of this work are to assess the impact of GRYD services and to create a “research to practice” feedback loop for continuous improvement of GRYD services.