We Use
What Works

We work in partnership with those who seek to use the very best of what we know works from prevention science to create a world where individuals, families, schools, and communities flourish.

We Build
Prevention Infrastructure

We partner with communities, schools, or agencies to create and sustain high-quality systems and structures to effectively prevent violence and promote positive youth development. We support effective implementation of evidence-based programs, practices, and policies.

We Achieve
Meaningful Impact

We study and implement the best programs, practices, and policies to create safe and supportive environments free from the harms of violence. We also examine why some organizations and communities can effectively implement these solutions, while others are less successful.

Our Initiatives

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development, a project housed within the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, provides a comprehensive, trusted registry of evidence-based interventions that are effective in preventing or reducing the likelihood of antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development and adult maturity. Blueprints promotes only those interventions with the strongest scientific support. The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence works alongside partners to implement with fidelity evidence-based interventions (programs, practices, and policies) listed on the Blueprints website.

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Our Services

We collaborate with communities, schools, law enforcement, health and human service systems, and policymakers to bridge the gap between research and practice by providing individualized and culturally-responsive services. To learn more about what we might be able to offer your organization, please email cspv@colorado.edu.

Resources and Tools

We offer several resources and tools to help our partners:

  • Determine and prioritize needs using specialized data tools like our school climate surveys, readiness assessments, and action planning questionnaires
  • Match priorities related to violence prevention and school safety to evidence-based programs, practices and policies
  • Plan for implementation of evidence-based programs using tools designed to strategize around critical factors impacting implementation and program success
  • Create resources to help community and school partners integrate the best knowledge that we have to prevent violence and promote school safety (e.g. recommendations for school safety)

Technical Assistance

Our tailored technical assistance includes:

  • Conducting community, school, or organizational needs assessments
  • Using a data-driven approach to guide prevention and intervention strategies
  • Building strategic action or implementation plans using evidence-based programs, practices, and policies
  • Creating evaluation plans to understand progress and impact over time
  • Developing sustainability plans to ensure lasting success

Training and Consultation

We provide customized training and consultation to meet the needs of your organization related to the following topics:

  • Introduction to research and evaluation
  • Theory of change and logic model development
  • Strategies for moving along the Continuum of Evidence
  • Using and interpreting data
  • Understanding the intersection between violence and other risk behaviors
  • Developing comprehensive solutions to address individual, family, school, and community prevention and intervention needs
  • Effectively implementing and evaluating community, environment, or systems changes
  • Best practices for school safety (including school climate, threat assessment, information sharing and bystander response and reporting)

Research and Evaluation

We offer support in conducting research and evaluation across multiple settings and are able to help with:

  • Creating rigorous research designs to evaluate all stages of development and implementation of programs, practices, and policies
  • Developing and using instruments to accurately measure impact of efforts
  • Using quantitative and qualitative methods to measure change over time and to dig deeper into research and evaluation questions

Learn more about our surveys and contact us if you are interested in becoming one of our partners!