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Blueprints for Violence Prevention

In 1996, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, with funding from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and the Centers for Disease Control (and later from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency), initiated a project to identify ten violence prevention programs that met a very high scientific standard of program effectiveness—programs that could provide an initial nucleus for a national violence prevention initiative.  The objective was to identify truly outstanding programs, and to describe these interventions in a series of "blueprints" which describe the theoretical rationale, the core components of the program as implemented, the evaluation designs and results, and the practical experiences programs encountered while implementing the program at multiple sites. Blueprints were designed to be very practical descriptions of effective programs which would allow states, communities, and individual agencies to: (1) determine the appropriateness of this intervention for their state or community; (2) provide a realistic cost estimate for this intervention; (3) provide an assessment of the organizational capacity needed to ensure its successful start-up and operation over time; and (4) give some indication of the potential barriers and obstacles that might be encountered when attempting to implement this type of intervention. 

In addition to the Ten Model programs which met this rigorous selection criteria, a number of programs met some of the criteria and were designated Promising programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The CDC has as its mission "to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability." As the Nation's prevention agency, it accomplishes its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to:

  • monitor health
  • detect and investigate health problems
  • conduct research to enhance prevention
  • develop and advocate sound public health policies
  • implement prevention strategies
  • promote healthy behaviors
  • foster safe and healthful environments, and 
  • provide leadership and training

Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice

The Center's website (of which this page is a part) provides online information, electronic interactive discussions, lists of many individuals and organizations with expertise regarding school safety and violence prevention, and links to numerous resources important to developing safe schools and communities.

Center for Mental Health Services

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The CMHS, in partnership with States, leads national efforts to demonstrate, evaluate, and disseminate service delivery models to treat mental illness, promote mental health and prevent the development or worsening of mental illness when possible. To provide leadership for improved services, CMHS:

  • conducts knowledge exchange and information/education programs; 
  • facilitates development and application of scientifically established findings and practice-based knowledge;
  • promotes high quality, effective programs and services;
  • collaborates with other Federal agencies and departments;
  • works closely with SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to address co-occurring mental illnesses and substance abuse problems;
  • emphasizes comprehensive, integrated systems of care, including consumer and family self-help programs;
  • encourages recovery empowerment and participation in the design, delivery and evaluation of mental health services; and
  • sponsors policy research to address managed care delivery systems movement.

Center for the Prevention of School Violence

Established in 1993, the Center serves as a primary point of contact for dealing with the problem of school violence. The Center focuses on ensuring that schools are safe and secure so that every student is able to attend a school that is safe and secure, one that is free of fear and conducive to learning.

The Center's Safe Schools Pyramid helps maintain a focus on the problem of school violence. By focusing on the problem, the Center is able to draw attention to the seriousness of school violence and act as a resource to turn to for information, program assistance, and research about school violence prevention. The Center is a nationally recognized resource for School Resource Officer Programs and has assisted many North Carolina school systems in their safe school planning efforts.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV)

Violence in America has reached epidemic proportions. Today, all Americans are touched directly or indirectly by violent acts.  In response, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) was founded in 1992 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to provide informed assistance to groups committed to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. Since that time, our mission has expanded to encompass violence across the life course.

In an effort to establish more complete and valuable information to impact violence-related policies, programs, and practices, CSPV works from a multi-disciplinary platform on the subject of violence and facilitates the building of bridges between the research community and the practitioners and policy makers. CSPV has a threefold mission. First, the Information House serves to collect research literature and resources on the causes and prevention of violence and provides direct information services to the public by offering topical searches on customized databases. Second, CSPV offers technical assistance for the evaluation and development of violence prevention programs. Third, CSPV maintains a basic research component through data analysis and other projects on the causes of violence and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs.

Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention is a program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  CSAP's mission is to provide national leadership in the Federal effort to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug problems. These problems are intrinsically linked to other serious national problems such as: crime, violence, rising health care costs, academic failure, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, and low work productivity. CSAP connects people and resources to innovative ideas and strategies, and encourages efforts to reduce and eliminate alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug problems both in the United States and internationally. CSAP fosters the development of comprehensive, culturally appropriate prevention policies and systems that are based on scientifically defensible principles and target both individuals and the environments in which they live. CSAP participates in the development of new knowledge about prevention, disseminates it in a "user friendly" manner, and encourages its application in settings where it is likely to prevent or reduce substance abuse.

Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

The Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is an international collaborative of educators, scientists, human service providers, policy makers, and concerned citizens who are working together to promote social and emotional learning (SEL) as an integral part of education in schools throughout the world. CASEL seeks to provide a forum that fosters the exchange of educational ideas and practices that support the development of knowledgeable, responsible, and caring students.

Developmental Research and Programs (Building Healthy Communities Through Prevention Science)

DRP was founded in 1984 to translate current research findings into programs and services for promoting the healthy development of children and families in communities. DRP is a pioneer in using the principles of prevention science to guide the development of programs and tools that help families, schools, and communities ensure positive outcomes for children. 

Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH)

In 1988, CDC established the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), within which it created the Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). DASH includes the Office of the Director (OD), the Program Development and Services Branch (PDSB), and the Surveillance and Evaluation Research Branch (SERB).    The mission of DASH is to: identify the highest priority health risks among youth, monitor the incidence and prevalence of those risks, implement national programs to prevent risks, and, evaluate and improve those programs.

Drug Strategies

Drug Strategies is a non-profit research institute that promotes more effective approaches to the nation's drug problems and supports private and public initiatives that reduce the demand for drugs through prevention, treatment and law enforcement.  As drugs are often linked with violence, the institute has produced a publication entitled Safe Schools/Safe Students: A Guide to Violence Prevention Strategies, which assesses over 80 violence prevention programs created for classroom use.

Injury Control and Emergency Health Services (ICEHS) Section of the American Public Health Association

The ICEHS is a national forum for all professionals committed to the control of violence and unintentional injuries, and the delivery of emergency health care services.   This website will provide news updates and activity notices for ICEHS and general information from the Injury Prevention Community.

Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior

The Institute's mission is to empower schools and social service agencies to address violence and destructive behavior, at the point of school entry and beyond, in order to ensure safety and to facilitate the academic achievement and healthy social development of children and youth. This is a combination of community, campus and state efforts to research violence and destructive behavior among children and youth.

The Justice Information Center

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is one of the most extensive sources of information on criminal and juvenile justice in the world, providing services to an international community of policymakers and professionals. NCJRS is a collection of clearinghouses supporting all bureaus of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs: the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the OJP Program Offices. It also supports the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Johns Hopkins Prevention Research Center

The goals of the Hopkins Prevention Research Center are to:

  1. Further develop the theoretical framework, methods, and research structure necessary to undertake and test epidemiologically-designed preventive trials aimed at specific risk behaviors.
  2. Broaden and extend collaborations among prevention researchers and to facilitate exchanges of concepts, methods, results, and data useful to prevention research; and,
  3. Develop opportunities for interdisciplinary prevention research training, with particular emphasis on exchanges across prevention research and other relevant research laboratories.

Keep Schools Safe

On September 2, 1998, the National Association of Attorneys General and the National School Boards Association announced that the two organizations have joined together to address the escalating problem of youth violence occurring across our country. Our Youth Violence and School Safety Initiative is dedicated to promoting a mutual response to violent instances occurring in our communities and schools. We are committed to working together to find solutions to these problems.


National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information

The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information is a national resource for professionals seeking information on the prevention, identification, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and related child welfare issues.

National Educational Service

The National Educational Service works with educators and youth professionals to help foster environments in which ALL children will succeed. To this end, NES provides practitioners and community members, parents and policymakers with the practical, timely information they need to positively effect the lives of children and youth -- especially those in conflict with family, peers, and school.  On their site, NES maintains extensive resources for addressing the threat of youth violence. 

National Institutes of Mental Health

The NIMH funds prevention research. This site includes a report by the National Advisory Mental Health Council Workgroup on Mental Disorders Prevention Research.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health)

Add Health is a school-based study of the health-related behaviors of adolescents in grades 7-12. It has been designed to explore the causes of these behaviors, with an emphasis on the influence of social context. That is, Add Health postulates that families, friends, schools and communities play roles in the lives of adolescents that may encourage healthy choices of activities or may lead to unhealthy, self-destructive behaviors. Data to support or refute this theory were collected in surveys of students, parents, and school administrators.  The Add Health study was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and 17 other federal agencies.

National Mental Health and Education Center

The National Mental Health and Education Center for Children and Families, a public service of the National Association of School Psychologists, is an information and action network to foster best practices in education and mental health for children and families--building upon strengths, understanding diversity, and supporting families.

The primary goal of the National Mental Health and Education Center is to provide leadership to address the critical issues that affect education and improve the outcomes for children and their families. The problems of school failure, classroom disruptions, violence, and drug abuse have actually increased during each decade over the past 30 years. They place a heavy burden upon families, children, schools, and communities. At the same time, decision-makers are raising standards for graduation--often without concurrently improving instruction, classroom management, school climate, or anticipating how this affects children and families.

National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN)

In the area of mental health, knowledge is power: power to change, improve, and enhance the lives of people with mental illness.

The National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) provides information about mental health via toll-free telephone services, an electronic bulletin board, and publications.

The National Center for Mental Health Services developed KEN for users of mental health services and their families, the general public, policy makers, providers, and the media. KEN is a national, one-stop source of information and resources on prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for mental illness.

National School Safety Center

The National School Safety Center was created by presidential directive in 1984 to meet the growing need for additional training and preparation in the area of school crime and violence prevention. Affiliated with Pepperdine University, NSSC is a nonprofit organization whose charge is to promote safe schools - free of crime and violence - and to help ensure quality education for all America's children.

National Youth Gang Center

The purpose of the NYGC is to expand and maintain the body of critical knowledge about youth gangs and effective responses to them. The Center assists state and local jurisdictions in the collection, analysis, and exchange of information on gang-related demographics, legislation, literature, research, and promising program strategies. It also coordinates activities of the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Youth Gang Consortium - a group of federal agencies, gang program representatives, and service providers.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC) was established as a central source of information on prevention and intervention programs, publications, research, and statistics on violence committed by and against children and teens. The Resource Center is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other Federal agencies. The NYVPRC Web site www.safeyouth.org and call center 1-866-SAFEYOUTH (723-3968) serve as a user-friendly, single point of access to Federal information on youth violence prevention and suicide.

Office for Civil Rights (ED)

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. A primary responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. In addition, OCR provides support to other Department of Education programs.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED)

The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) provides national leadership for educational research and statistics.  OERI strives to promote excellence and equity in American education by:

  • conducting research and demonstration projects funded through grants to help improve education;
  • collecting statistics on the status and progress of schools and education throughout the nation; and
  • distributing information and providing technical assistance to those working to improve education.

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (DOJ)

OJJDP provides Federal leadership, through a comprehensive, coordinated approach, to prevent and control juvenile crime and improve the juvenile justice system.

Office of Special Education Programs (ED)

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provides leadership and fiscal resources to assist State and local efforts to educate children with disabilities in order to improve results for those children and to ensure equal protection of the law. Its programs assist public agencies to provide all infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities early intervention services and a free appropriate public education which emphasizes challenging standards and access to the general curriculum to the extent appropriate. These programs are intended to assure that the rights of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their parents are protected.

Oregon Social Learning Center

The Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) is a non-profit, independent research center located in Eugene/Springfield, Oregon dedicated to finding ways to help children and parents as they cope with the day-to-day problems that arise during life in the 1990's. Since 1990, we have also served as a National Institute of Mental Health Prevention Research Center. Our research focuses primarily on factors related to the family, peer group and school experience which contribute to healthy social adjustment in key settings, including the home, school, and the community during childhood, and the workplace, intimate relationships and parenthood during adulthood. We also work to identify factors which lead to problems at different stages of life, such as temper tantrums and misbehavior in childhood, delinquency and substance use in adolescence, and failed relationships in adulthood.

Partnerships Against Violence Network

PAVNET Online is a "virtual library" of information about violence and youth-at-risk, representing data from seven different Federal agencies. It is a "one-stop," searchable, information resource to help reduce redundancy in information management and provide clear and comprehensive access to information for States and local communities

Preventing Crime

PreventingCrime.Org is providing Internet access to what the New York Times calls "the most comprehensive study ever of crime prevention," the University of Maryland's Congressionally-mandated study, "Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn't, What's Promising" You can search the full study online, or read the best summary of the report by the National Institute of Justice.

Prevention Science Clearinghouse

Prevention science comprises scientific efforts supporting the development of interventions that prevent the development of problematic psychological, social, and/or physical outcomes or disorders in individuals across the lifespan. This site provides links to research funded by 14 public and private national research organizations.

Regional Education Laboratories

Regional Education Laboratories is a map of links to all ten laboratories supported by the U.S. Education Department to provide technical assistance to educators: NCREL, McREL, AEL, WestEd, SEDL, PREL, SERVE, NWREL, LSS, and LAB.

The Regional Resource & Federal Centers (RRFC) Network

The RRFC Network comprises the six Regional Resource Centers for Special Education and the Federal Resource Center for Special Education. The RRFC Network offers tools and strategies that identify appropriate solutions for effective education and human services delivery systems, serving all states and outlying jurisdictions.  The link above will take you to a clickable map of the six regional centers.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools Programs Office (ED)

The Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program is the Federal government's primary vehicle for reducing drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and violence, through education and prevention activities in our nation's schools. We support initiatives to meet the seventh National Education Goal, which states that by the year 2000 all schools will be free of drugs and violence and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol, and offer a disciplined environment conducive to learning. These initiatives are designed to prevent violence in and around schools, and strengthen programs that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, involve parents, and are coordinated with related Federal, State and community efforts and resources.

Improving America's Schools Conference School Environment Institute

"School environment" encompasses school culture (tradition, values, beliefs) and climate (physical, academic, organization, socio-emotional, and demographics). Schools that have safe and healthy environments are inclusive, involve parents and the community, respect individual student differences, and recognize that students have diverse strengths, needs, interests and learning styles.  Toward that end, the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the 1998 Regional Conferences on Improving America's Schools, scheduled in three locations this fall.

School Mental Health Project/Center for Mental Health in Schools (UCLA) 

The Center's mission is to improve outcomes for young people by enhancing policies, programs and practices relevant to mental health in schools, with specific attention to strategies that can counter fragmentation and enhance collaboration between school and community programs.

Search Institute

The Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization committed not only to contributing to the knowledge base about youth development, but also committed to translating high-quality research on children and youth into practical ideas, tools, services, and resources for families, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, and communities.

Social Development Research Group

SDRG's research focuses on the prevention and treatment of health and behavior problems among young people. Drug abuse, delinquency, risky sexual behavior, violence, and school dropout are among the problems addressed. J. David Hawkins, director, and Richard F. Catalano, associate director, began in 1979 to develop the Social Development Strategy, which provides the theoretical basis for risk- and protective-focused prevention that underlies much of the groups' research.

Society for Prevention Research

The Society for Prevention Research is a professional organization focused upon the advancement of science-based prevention programs and policies through empirical research. The membership of the organization consists of scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers who are concerned with problems, issues, and challenges pertaining to the prevention of public health and social problems such as drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and abuse; psychiatric disorders, other mental health problems and related comorbidities; suicide; HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases; delinquency, crime, and violence; child abuse; marital and couple distress; adolescent pregnancy; and school and work participation and performance.

Student Pledge Against Gun Violence

The Student Pledge Against Gun Violence will be observed in schools throughout the country on October 21st 1999, a Day of National Concern about Young People and Gun Violence.

VincentWeb (Violence and Injury Control through Education, Networking and Training on the Web)

Free distance learning course that offers an introduction to injury control and violence prevention supported by Injury Prevention Research Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Violence Prevention Programs

The Division of Public Health Practice, Violence Prevention Programs seeks to provide innovative opportunities for developing and assisting in the implementation of programs as well as informing the development of evaluation strategies to ensure safer communities.   Violence Prevention Programs (VPP) is an umbrella for many different initiatives. Program staff, led by Dr. Prothrow-Stith and Marie Burke, JD, Director of Violence Prevention Programs, coordinate the Program’s efforts to disseminate helpful information, provide technical support, and implement violence prevention training for youth and adults. VPP works with entities including the US Department of Education, US Department of Justice, and the US Department of Health and Human Services as well as non-private agencies, to achieve program objectives. VPP has sponsored several national training on violence prevention. The latest training initiative is Partnerships for Preventing Violence, an innovative program utilizing the latest in distance learning technology.

VPP also participates in a variety of community-based initiatives and is currently working with the Boston Public Schools on two innovative projects, one focusing on the creation of a violence prevention curriculum by and for young women, the other focusing on the development of a violence prevention program for elementary school age children. In 1996, VPP sponsored the National Forum for Survivors of Violence, which has since developed into the National Coalition of Survivors for Violence Prevention, Inc., the focus of which is to develop violence prevention education and policy. VPP has done additional work attempting to enhance knowledge regarding the national array of violence prevention programs by creating Peace by Piece: a Violence Prevention Guide for Communities.

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