The Lab leverages its international network of academic peers, think tanks, civil society organizations and government agencies to expand the scope and impact of its research and to mobilize work on the ground.

    About Our Partnerships
  • About Our Partnerships
  • Government Agencies
  • NGOs
  • Policy Think Tanks
  • Academic Institutions

About Our Partnerships

An important facet of our research involves collaborations with government agencies, international and community organizations, policy think tanks and other academic institutions. For example, our police accountability and citizen trust project is funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). We also work closely with law enforcement agencies on projects in Mexico and Brazil. Both formal and casual, these research collaborations serve to expand our data-collection capacity, increase our expertise in specialty areas, and to extend our reach of both discovery and dissemination of knowledge

Government Agencies

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in the U.S. Department of State. As part of a major grant awarded  by the U.S. State Department to study police accountability and citizen trust in Mexico, the Lab works with the Mexico arm of the INL to study the dynamics of police practices and citizen trust in settings of criminal violence in Mexico. The partnership with the INL facilitates coordination and communication among various law enforcement agencies to enable data gathering and training activities  in Mexico at the federal, state, and municipal levels.

Mexico City Police Department. We work with local police to collect and analyze “hot-spot” data from crime reports, demographic census, and death certificate. 

Mexico Commission on National Security (CNS). We collaborate with the Comisión Nacional de Seguridad to collect and analyze data to assess how government interventions against drug cartels impact violence and crime in Mexico. 

Military State Police of Rio de Janeiro (PMERJ) We have an ongoing partnership between the Lab and the military police of Rio de Janeiro (PMERJ) to control police use of lethal foce. Our Lab has obtained information on homicides by police intervention and consumption of ammunition and is designing an innovative monitoring tool (a  "score card") to enable superiors in the PMERJ to better track the use of force by street police officers. 


World Justice Project (WPJ)The Lab partners with the WPJ, an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law  around the world through research and scholarship, engagement, and the WJP Rule of Law Index. 

Observatório de Favelas (Favela’s Observatory)Observatório de Favela is a civil society organization that conducts research, consulting work and public action aimed at producing knowledge and political propositions on slum-related issues and the urban phenomena. The center seeks to push forward an agenda on “rights to the city,” based on the redefinition of the slums in the context of public policy initiatives, development and public security. The Lab partnered with the Observatory in the implementation of a large-scale community survey conducted in 5 “pacified” Rio favelas that seeks to explore resident’s perceptions of security issues in their communities. 

Cauce CiudadanoCauce Ciudadano is a Mexican NGO successfully working with at-risk youth throughout the country. Its mission is to prevent, reduce and eliminate violence generated by young people. The organization provides life skills training to young people and adults that aim to reinforce the protective factors and eradicate risk factors involving violence and crime. These life skills include: health promotion, resilience, the prevention of psychological and health problems and the promotion of social responsibility. 

Policy Think Tanks

Mexico Evalúa. The Lab collaborates with leading Mexican think tank, Mexico Evalúa, to understand crime patterns and dynamics aimed at developing effective strategies for crime reduction. 


Academic Institutions

Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM). The Lab and ITAM have been collaborating since 2009 in field research projects throughout Mexico.

Laboratory for the Analyses of Violence (LAV)LAV is an academic organization from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) that produces public policy-oriented research in the areas of public safety, violence, crime, justice and human rights with a focus in Rio de Janeiro. The institution also offers consulting services to government agencies, NGOs and civil society organizations, and conducts evaluation of different programs aimed at influencing policymakers to foster change. Our Lab partnered with LAV’s team to conduct an extensive survey in 22 police battalions and 35 UPPs (Pacifying Police Units) located in various zones of Rio. Over 5,000 police officers - including 70 commanders - took part in the unprecedented study.