National Violence Prevention Collaborative Cross-Site Evaluation

  • Principal Investigator: Thomas Reischl
  • Contact Information: Thomas Reischl at reischl@umich.edu
  • Project Dates: 1997-2001
  • Funding: Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Description

The goals of the Neighborhood Violence Prevention Collaborative were:

  1. To increase the capacity of neighborhood groups to plan, implement and evaluate neighborhood-based primary prevention programs
  2. To create an environment which fosters the promotion of peace through the realistic assessment of the causes and the understanding of violence in our community
  3. To work to establish linkages between existing efforts and agencies involved in the promotion of peace.

During the first two years of NVPC’s operation, an evaluation was conducted by the UM School of Public Health. The evaluation focused on NVPC’s small grants program for neighborhood groups and its relationship to changes in the capacity of these organizations to carry out prevention programs. The results of the first phase of the evaluation were summarized in a report available from the Prevention Research Center of Michigan.

The second phase of the evaluation continued to follow the progress of the small grants program through the year 2001. In addition, the evaluation assessed the extent to which NVPC achieved its goals of increasing public awareness and in establishing linkages between Genesee County organizations involved in violence prevention.

The evaluation methods included surveys of neighborhood organizations, semi-structured interviews with community leaders, Geographic Information System mapping of programs and crime rates, and archival analysis of NVPC documents. The local evaluation was funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. It was guided by an advisory committee composed of community members, representatives from non-profit organizations and faculty members from the UM School of Public Health. The NVPC evaluator also participated in a national cross-site evaluation funded by the National Funding Collaborative on Violence Prevention.

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