Theory of Change

  1. The conversation is strengthened when scholars, impacted communities, and committed journalists work together.
  2. These communities can be constructively convened to create real connections, seeding a stronger, collaborative conversation.
  3. This stronger conversation will lead to deeper connections amongst these three groups and will generate future research questions with real-world implications.
  4. Real, genuine connections created will also result in increased trust between journalists and impacted communities.
  5. This increased trust, informed by evidence from collaborative research, will lead to better sourcing, thereby mitigating harmful reporting.
  6. Real, genuine connections created will also allow reporting to be better informed by public health and communications research.
  7. This better informed discussion will allow for improved public understanding, heightened dialogue, and support for effective prevention policy. 
  8. Trauma-informed reporting, improved policies, and the reduction of harmful reporting will lead to a decrease in firearm violence and associated trauma/death.