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Community Science projects

Substance Abuse & Crime Prevention

Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

In response to survey data in early 2006 indicating that teenagers in Telluride, Colorado, had drug and alcohol usage rates above the national average, the Telluride Foundation launched a drug and alcohol prevention program at two local high schools. The program funded a counselor to develop and implement a prevention curriculum as well as to provide direct services to students at risk for, or recovering from, substance abuse. Community Science evaluated pre-and post-test student feedback forms, conducted a series of on-site interviews with teachers and school administrators, and held interviews or focus groups with students to ascertain the program’s value and identify changes in student attitudes and behaviors. (2007-2009)

Drug Free Communities Support Program National Evaluation

Community Science, under a subcontract with the Battelle Memorial Institute, provided technical direction and other evaluation services for the national evaluation of the Drug Free Communities Support Program, sponsored by the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Policy Control (ONDCP). Community Science conducted an evaluation of 739 substance abuse prevention coalitions, using data provided by grantees as well as archival data to determine coalition effectiveness. Community Science also was responsible for the development of a coalition typology, which classified coalitions based on their stage of development. We were responsible for grantee outcome data quality assurance procedures, conducted data analysis and wrote reports for ONDCP and for public distribution. Community Science also provided technical assistance on substance abuse prevention measures and data collection methods. (2004-2008)

Jericho Prisoner Reentry Initiative Evaluation

The primary focus of the evaluation is to assess a new component of the Jericho Prisoner Reentry Initiative. Through funds provided by the Abell Foundation, 70% of men participating in the Jericho program will be provided supportive housing services. Community Science was contracted for two years to evaluate the effect of the program on reducing substance abuse and subsequent prison sentences among participants. The evaluation also assesses participants’ ability to secure more permanent housing and employment. (2007-2008)

Evaluation of Hamilton Fish Institute's Violence Prevention Efforts

Community Science was engaged to perform a cross-site analysis and create a report on the implementation process and outcomes for all eight of the institute's research partner sites, as well as case study reports on the Massachusetts and Oregon sites. The cross-site report focused on knowledge gleaned from site visits with institute staff, telephone interviews with project directors, a survey of goal attainment, and the two case studies. Community Science developed the evaluation to find out how the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence builds capacity in its research partners. (2005)

Police Mentoring/Safe Haven Evaluation

For five years, Community Science monitored and evaluated the performance of community policing efforts in six communities for the Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation. The monitoring process included analysis of crime data, community surveys, and analysis of educational performance data, as well as review of juvenile justice data in some communities. Community Science also monitored Quantum Opportunity Programs (education and life skills training) at several Safe Haven sites. (1998 - 2002)

Embedding Prevention in State Policy and Practice

Community Science provided evaluation and capacity-building services to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) for the initiative Embedding Prevention in State Policy and Practice. Community Science examined the effectiveness of approaches used to embed prevention in state policy and practice in six states and helped NCPC build its capacity to provide technical assistance to states for their efforts in this area. (2001)

Violence Prevention Capacity Building

Community Science assisted in the development of a national capacity-building strategy on community building, collaboration, and violence prevention on behalf of the National Funding Collaborative. Community Science’s assistance included consultation on an immersion training program for community violence prevention workers, an inventory of national intermediaries that assist communities with violence prevention strategies, a monograph on the principle guiding the evaluation of comprehensive community initiatives (read the monograph), and consultation on the collaborative's knowledge management and distribution system. (1997-2000)

U.S.-Mexico Border States Prevention Initiative Evaluation

With support from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Community Science conducted an evaluation of the U.S.-Mexico Border States Prevention Initiative. The purpose of the project was to improve collaboration among local, state, and federal service providers and agencies and their Mexican counterparts in the four border states. Community Science facilitated the implementation of a common evaluation design and measures across state and national agencies and an MIS system for tracking evaluation data.  (1999)

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