The Tracker Project

As Chicago grapples with efforts of reform, accountability and transparency in the Chicago Police Department, the Invisible Institute is partnering with City Bureau to build public tools around public policy for public use. The following projects are designed to support context and information around some of the city's more pressing issues. More importantly, they are crowd-sourced tools designed for community input.

Check out our Tracker Projects for use before, during and after community meetings to gain valuable insight into Chicago's civic processes. While you're there add your own thoughts, experiences and questions using the Genius Annotation app provided on each Tracker.


On October 7, 2016, the Chicago Police Department released a draft of its new Use of Force guidelines and opened the directives for a 45-day period of public review. For the remainder of that public input period (ending November 20), our independent Use of Force Tracker will provide context around national Use of Force best practices as it relates to Chicago, and collect public comments on the CPD's draft document. See View From the Ground #22 for more. 


Using an excel sheet and Genius, a team of City Bureau Documenters has created an annotated, updated and independent hub for public use that will measure the ~200 individual recommendations presented in the 2016 Police Accountability Task Force Report against existing contracts, policies, potential conflicts and public discourse; such as the Fraternal Order of Police contract, local legislation and media reports.


Throughout August 2016, journalists, lawyers and students with City Bureau and the Invisible Institute will cover and transcribe each of the community meetings centered on redesigning Chicago's police investigation agency, the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA). The IPRA Tracker collects unpublished reports, law enforcement documents, proposed ordinances and media coverage in an effort to create and preserve context for public use.