Measure Z aims to achieve the following goals:
- Reduce homicides, robberies, burglaries, and gun-related violence.
- Improve police and fire emergency 911 response times and other police services.
- Support at-risk youth and young adults.
The law identifies a number of strategies to reach those outcomes and funds programming accordingly.
Current questions we're exploring:
- Are these strategies appropriate for Oakland and those most impacted by violence?
- What are the strategies based on?
- How were they developed?
- Does the city collect and release appropriate data so the Oversight Commission, program evaluators and public understand program impacts?
- What evidence exists that these strategies work? What questions do you have?
Existing data about Measure Z outcomes
Measure Z allocates 3% of funding to evaluation, so a good deal of data exists exploring the measure's impact to date. Much of it is summarized in annual evaluation reports provided by two third-party evaluation teams contracted by the City of Oakland:
- OPD policing evaluations have been conducted by Resource Development Associates.
- Dept. of Violence Prevention program evaluations have been conducted by Mathematica.
City agencies record certain data throughout the year and make some of it accessible to evaluators. Both evaluation firms combine this agency data with additional quantitative and qualitative data, such as interviews, to inform their reports.
The evaluation reports
The City has published 11 key annual reports to date. A lot of additional material is buried in dozens of PDFs reflecting information presented at the Oversight Commission's monthly meetings. Our team is working to extract the data available in these files, so we can make it more accessible, searchable and understandable. If you'd like to help with this work, please get in touch.
- 2017 report
- 2018 report
- 2019 report | 2019 overview presentation
- 2020 report | 2019-2020 OPD violence analysis
Service program reports
The Dept. of Violence Prevention programming is evaluated annually for agency performance and strategy effectiveness.
- 2017 Agency evaluation | 2017 Strategy evaluation
- 2018 Agency evaluation | 2018 Strategy evaluation
- 2019 Agency evaluation | 2019 Strategy evaluation
- 2021 Overview on Measure Z
- 2019-2021 DVP/Reimagining Public Safety Taskforce Report
- 2016-2019 Trends in Violence and Violence Prevention Brief
- List of additional materials provided during Oversight Commission meetings