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ERIC Number: EJ792291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-1097-6736
Qualitative Lessons from a Community-Based Violence Prevention Project with Null Findings
Williams, Kirk R.; Mattson, Sabrina Arredondo
New Directions for Evaluation, n110 p5-17 Sum 2006
The Youth Handgun Violence Prevention Project (YHVPP) was conducted in the Denver Metropolitan Area from July 1999 to June 2002. Several factors associated with youth attitudes and behaviors regarding handguns were identified and verified empirically. Interventions were designed to modify these factors and to evaluate their effectiveness in changing youth knowledge of the legal consequences of carrying and using handguns, attitudes reflecting excitement and power associated with handguns, and self-reported carrying and use of these weapons. The evaluation showed that while the YHVPP achieved its general objectives, the effectiveness of the interventions implemented was not empirically demonstrated. The evaluation found no intervention effects indicating an increase in anti-handgun attitudes, knowledge of legal consequences, or a decrease in handgun carrying. Regardless, this research provided important findings on youth's access to handguns. A summary of the lessons learned requires discussing the insights of the program staff working directly with the youth, the program officer from the grant-making foundation funding the project, and the researchers. These insights provide a more qualitative window into the project and are important for two reasons. First, they assist in the interpretation of evaluation results. Second, an important goal was to learn from the experience of building a team of researchers, program providers, and foundation staff working collaboratively to improve programming and research to reduce youth handgun violence. The insights presented in this article provide a more in-depth look at some of the challenges of such a collaborative effort. Even though the results of the previous analysis found little evidence of intervention effects, these insights feature "success stories" not detected by the quantitative evaluation data, but potentially useful for improving programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado