Center for Homicide Research
The Center for Homicide Research is a Minneapolis-based, volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization addressing the issue of homicide in our communities. First founded in 1999 as a nonprofit organization to research gay homicide, the name was changed in 2004 to the Center for Homicide Research. Our mission expanded in 2007 to include all types of homicide, yet retain a focus on marginalized and disenfranchised communities.
Without sound information about homicide, the community and law enforcement cannot understand, solve and prevent all homicides. For too long, minority communities who are most impacted by homicide and the criminal justice establishment have functioned with incomplete or inaccurate information.
The Center aims develops original research on homicide and use this knowledge to develop, and assist in the creation of, new fact-based tools to more effectively address all homicides. This includes, but is not limited to, research briefs, research publications, compendiums of information and resources, bibliographies, training, seminars, and so forth.
Over the years the Center has had a diverse group of over 350 undergraduate, graduate, and law student interns who have participated in short-term investigations as well as long-term data collection and study.
The Center for Homicide Research has proven to be a leader in homicide research and a partner in helping create safer communities.
What new functionality we are looking for
The Center's work is cutting-edge, but our website design is not.
The Center's website is a tool to disseminate original, ground breaking research and serves as a resource to community members and activists, law enforcement personal, students, educators and our donors.
The Center wishes to have a newly design website that brings the Center up to speed on current design practices and trends. The ability to integrate website functionality such as archived reports, search fields, social media links, and downloadable resources would help enhance organizational outreach and better engage our website visitors.
The new website would be well designed and organized so that the Center's research, services and resources are at the forefront and easily accessible. In addition, the website would be able to be managed and updated efficiently by the Center's volunteer-driven staff.
How the new functionality will help
The Center for Homicide Research mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding of the unique nature of homicide through sound empirical research, critical analysis, and effective community partnerships.
The Center's website design is stuck in 1999. Although the website currently functional and updated frequently, the over all design has not changed in over a decade. A redesigned website would help the Center more effectively disseminate ground breaking research and increase information sharing and community partnerships with the addition of new website tools and functionality.
The Center's work is of absolute importance and is necessary in creating safer communities, it deserves a website that effectively shares its mission and places its research, services and resources at the forefront.
The Center operates on volunteer hours and a small operating budget, funding does not currently exist for IT staff or a webmaster. The difference between a clunky, out-dated website and a newly designed website, with the assistance of the Nerdery Overnight Website Challenge, may mean be the difference in catching the eye of a philanthropist, activist, law enforcement personal or student who shares the mission of the Center.
The Center is a national leader in homicide research, it deserves a website that reflects this work. Thank you for your consideration.
How our organization will use the technology
Who will use the technology
10 Messages from Supporters