Ideas at work

Find initiatives and collaborations working on public safety issues and learn about effective strategies for action.

Initiatives and collaborations

Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI)
A national juvenile detention and systems change model that results in reduced racial disparities and reduced daily populations in secure detention without increases in either re-arrest or failure to appear rates.

Minneapolis Community Crime Prevention
Works with neighborhoods to prevent and reduce crime.

Minnesota HEALS (hope, education, law, and safety)
Focuses on gun violence prevention. 

Minnesota Safety Council
Works to help prevent injuries at work, at home, at play and on our roadways.

Partners for Violence Prevention
Al link for families, health care, and community organizations to develop and nurture a culture of peace in St. Paul and surrounding communities.

University of Minnesota has a number of initiatives directed towards keeping students and surrounding neighborhoods safe.

Evidence based strategies

These websites identify proven strategies to address this topic area.  Keep in mind that each source differs in their definition of what is "evidence-based" or "proven."

Blueprints for Violence Prevention - Reviews of effective violence and drug abuse programs. From the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder.

California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare - Provides child welfare professionals with access to research evidence for child welfare related programs being used in California.

The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews - Systematic reviews on the effects of social interventions on education, crime and justice, and social welfare. - A what works database of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victims services programs from the Office Of Justice Programs. - Evidence-based programs that prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.

Healthy San Bernardino County & Healthy Communities Institute- Promising practices database for multiple topic areas.

Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully (LINKS) - A reference for effective child and youth programs. It organizes the programs by outcome, age, and developmental stage. Information on the programs includes a program description, evaluation information, and sources of additional information.

National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) - Searchable registry of interventions supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment. From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Model Programs Guide - A database of scientifically-proven programs that address the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.

Promising Practices Network - Features summaries of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children.

Results First Clearinghouse Database - Provides information on the effectiveness of interventions as rated by eight national evidence-based databases. Topics include: criminal justice, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, mental health, education, substance abuse, and youth development.

Social Programs that Work - Includes information about social program interventions across an array of topics, including early childhood through postsecondary education, housing, employment, crime, and health and mental health. Sponsored by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

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