The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center researchers bring expertise to significant questions and issues related to justice, crime prevention, and safety for children and young adults. For example, questions and issues such as:
- Determinants and consequences of urban gun violence and public health approaches to prevent high-risk young men from involvement in gangs and violence
- The role police officers play in school and whether their presence may be associated with youth—particularly boys of color—involvement with the formal juvenile justice system for offenses that schools normally handle internally
- Bullying and victimization (reported and unreported)
The majority of our work involves conducting policy-relevant and methodologically sound research studies for key decision-makers, including government officials, foundation staff, faculty and researchers, and practitioners.
We typically engage with clients and stakeholders in a dynamic inquiry process to identify the most appropriate analytic methods for their needs and that produce accurate and reliable results.
With an eye toward a rigorous research and non-partisan approach, our researchers use a number of methodologies and study designs to help clients and stakeholders assess capacity and implementation, examine outcomes, and measure impact. We conduct process, implementation, and impact evaluations; systematic reviews and meta-analyses of existing studies; qualitative data analyses; quantitative analyses using secondary data sets; and scans of current practice and policy.
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The Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative is having a positive impact, according to evaluation outcomes.Read More
The principles of equitable evaluation promise to add value to the research process and its outcomes. Significantly, the implementation of these principles comes with important decisions related to time, funding, and definitions for rigor in research. Reflections on Applying Principles of Equitable Evaluation is based on the authors’ experiences, as well as on many thoughtful […]Read More
Between October 2015 and September 2018, staff from the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center worked with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (MN DOC) as the external evaluator for the Minnesota Statewide Initiative to Reduce Recidivism (MNSIRR), a recidivism-reduction effort funded through a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Grants for […]Read More
The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Casey) partnered with the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center to develop a study of the implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® (JDAI) in four states: Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Mexico. JDAI® is a complex, multipart reform initiative developed by Casey to reduce reliance on the use of […]Read More
WestEd’s Justice & Prevention Research Center and Health and Human Development Program, in partnership with Efficacity and the Oregon Youth Authority, is conducting a randomized control trial to test the impact of the tablet-based sexual health intervention application, Healthy U. Healthy U is an unplanned fatherhood prevention intervention that is self-guided (approximately 3-6 hours over up to […]Read More
The Justice & Prevention Research Center is the evaluation partner to the Sonoma County Department of Probation in the implementation of the Keeping Kids in School (KKIS) program. The KKIS program provides case management and comprehensive services for youth and families who are at greatest risk for disengagement from school, to address attendance and truancy […]Read More
The Connected Youth Initiative (CYI) uses a collective impact approach to create systems change in rural Nebraska communities and serves people aged 14 to 24 through the following essential Connected Youth Initiative elements:  opportunities for youth leadership and advocacy;  a financial literacy and assetbuilding program;  support services funds for young adults to […]Read More
The Center for Evidence-based Crime Policy at George Mason University and the JPRC co-hosted a Congressional Briefing on Violence on September 27th. The videos and presentations can be viewed on the CECBP website. The Briefing was opened by National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Director, Nancy Rodriguez, and included presentations on the following: The costs of […]Read More
Researchers are measuring the applicability and effectiveness of the practice guidelines for Juvenile Drug Courts.Read More
Researchers are conducting a systematic review of research on the effects of police-led crime prevention programs and strategies at schools.Read More
Does the Campus Shield program help make schools safe? Researchers aim to find out.Read More
The WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center is providing a comprehensive picture of restorative justice in schools.Read More
This study is exploring how police involvement impacts cultural norms around violence in disadvantaged neighborhoods and related issues.Read More
Researchers are evaluating whether the More Than a Dream teen pregnancy prevention program is reducing sexual and related risk behaviors among youth.Read More