Transcendental Meditation

DLF receives $300,000 from the University of Chicago Crime Lab

The David Lynch Foundation is teaming up with the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab to study and measure innovative ways to combat violence among youth in underserved areas.

Reducing youth violence

Managed by the Crime Lab, the Chicago Design Competition was set up with the aim of generating data and evidence about what works for whom and why in reducing violent behavior among the city’s youth.

chicago crime lab dlf roseanna ander _

WIDER FRAMEWORK OF BENEFITS: “Working with the three grantees [of the Chicago Design Competition] will give us an opportunity not only to study these three promising programs, but also to continue our work to generate evidence about the effects of different approaches to improving the lives of our city’s most vulnerable youth,” says Roseanna Ander, executive director of Crime Lab.

One of the competition’s three winners this year was the David Lynch Foundation, whose project will support teaching its Quiet Time program in high-crime areas.

With the awarded grant of $300,000, roughly 250 students are expected to participate in the first year of the program. They will learn to use the Transcendental Meditation technique as a tool to decrease stress and the effects of trauma.

What is the University of Chicago Crime Lab?

The University of Chicago Crime Lab was launched in 2008 to use insights from basic science to help government agencies and non-profit organizations develop innovative new approaches to reducing violence, and work with them to test new innovations using randomized trials.

“We need to ensure that the frontier of policy innovation takes advantage of the frontier understanding from basic science of people and organizations,” the home page of the Crime Lab stipulates.

To make this happen, the Crime Lab will resort to one of the most effective instruments in the toolbox of science: “While randomized controlled trials are the standard for testing innovations in medicine, they remain far too rare in the areas of crime policy and social policy more generally.”

The Crime Lab will carry out most of its randomized controlled trials through public-private partnerships, focusing on priority questions for government decision makers.


QUIET SUCCESS: The outcomes of the DLF programs are significant. Schools offering the Quiet Time program based on Transcendental Meditation practice have found an 86 percent reduction in suspensions, a 25 percent increase in academic performance among low-performing students, and a 40 percent decrease in psychological distress. Quiet Time also prevents teacher burnout and emotional exhaustion among faculty and staff. Photo: Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post

Chicago Design Competition winners announced,” The University of Chicago Crime Lab
“These Three Organizations Just Got Over $1M Combined To Combat Youth Violence In Chicago,” ChicagoInno