Neighborhoods and Crime: Collective Efficacy in Miami
Authors & Project Staff
    Craig D. Uchida, Marc L. Swatt, Shellie E. Solomon, Sean Varano
Abstract

This is a study of collective efficacy in eight neighborhoods in Miami-Dade County, Fla. The concept of collective efficacy emerged out of the social disorganization literature and represents the capacity of residents, organizations, and other groups to exert social control and thereby reduce crime and violence.

Researchers collected data through community surveys and systematic social observations and used census information and crime data in their analyses. A number of important findings emerged from the project that are relevant to the theory itself, have ramifications for its use within communities, and include implications for current and future research.