Our National Institute of Justice funded randomized trial of the SCSS Model (Dymnicki, Kingston, Arredondo Mattson et al., 2021), with 46 Colorado middle schools and 62,590 students, found that:
- Intentionally addressing readiness barriers can lead to improvements in schools’ readiness to use a comprehensive approach to address school safety. For example:
- Improvements were found in schools’ leadership to support the SCSS Model
- School teams reported establishing clear standards at their schools for implementing the SCSS Model and the climate supporting SCSS implementation improved over time
- Increases were found in the school teams’ belief that the SCSS Model is important for improving children’s mental/behavioral health at the school and in team’s level of priority to implement the model
- Implementation data can be used to monitor implementation quality and promote data-driven quality improvement.
- Comprehensive, schoolwide interventions produce change one piece at a time, rather than in all areas at once.
- Within a 2-year period it’s feasible to support a school in developing a functioning school-based team, conducting resource mapping, and using results from that (and other data sources) to select, train staff for, and begin implementing an evidence-based program
Additionally, the school teams we partnered with during the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 academic year completed monthly evaluations, which revealed that:
- 97% of school team members agreed their partnership with SCSS contributed to a clearer understanding of their school’s current supports and resource needs
- 94% of school team members agreed their partnership with SCSS built their school’s capacity around prevention efforts
- 95% of school team members agreed their partnership with SCSS improved their school’s climate and culture