Innovations in Gun Policy Research
(Crime, Justice, and Drugs)
*Names in bold indicate Presenter
In this panel, Asheley Van Ness, Director of Criminal Justice for LJAF and Andrew Morral, leader of RAND’s GPIA, discuss the new Collaborative, its objectives, organization and grantmaking activities. Dr. Morral and Rajeev Ramchand will also describe recent results from RAND’s two-year GPIA project, which has had four main lines of research: 1) Evaluating and synthesizing all available research on the causal effects of 13 commonly discussed gun policies on a wide range of outcomes, including those of concern to gun owners and communities most affected by gun violence; 2) establishing where advocates and experts on both sides of gun policy debates agree and disagree most on the empirical effects of the reviewed gun policies; 3) developing estimates of the effects of gun policies that address many of the shortcomings of earlier studies of the causal effects of gun policies; and 4) developing tools and resources (like a historical database of state gun laws) to advance open science and replicable research on gun policy in the U.S.