Last year, the National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform examined the district’s efforts to tackle violent crime and offered a scathing assessment. “DC is resource-rich and coordination-poor,” the nonprofit wrote, citing a youth organizer. The report blamed the district for programs that overlap, have not been evaluated for effectiveness and have not reached those most in need and at greatest risk. The officials, to their credit, appear to have taken the criticism to heart and decided to partner with the group that produced the report on an innovative approach to violence prevention.