Violence Prevention Tools & Resources
Demonstrating Return on Investment Through Evaluation: Recommendations From the Field (2011)
This report synthesizes the key findings on the utility of evaluation for California Cities Gang Prevention Network sites and provides an overview of the fundamental principles to consider when developing an evaluation of a comprehensive gang and youth violence prevention initiative.
Fully Incorporating Prevention in Comprehensive Youth Violence Reduction Strategies (2011)
Within a comprehensive violence prevention strategy, pursuing and sustaining preventive efforts to minimize future violence well in advance typically poses the greatest challenge for municipal leaders. This action guide, published as part of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network initiative, highlights strategies, action steps and existing city approaches to prevention.
Evaluating Comprehensive Strategies to Reduce Gang-Related Violence (2011)
This action guide, published as part of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network initiative, highlights strategies and action steps for evaluating comprehensive gang violence prevention efforts.
Reducing Gang Violence through Reentry Services (2011)
The risk of recidivism is extremely high for the growing numbers of formerly incarcerated people are released from prison, jail, or other correctional facilities. This action guide, published as part of the California Cities Gang Prevention Network initiative, highlights strategies and action steps for delivering effective reentry services, particularly to gang-affiliated individuals
Elected Official's Toolkit for Jail Reentry (2011)
While there has been increased attention to reentry from state and federal prisons in recent years, little attention has been paid to the 9 million individuals annually released from local jails. This Urban Institute toolkit can help local elected officials improve the jail-to-community reentry process and reduce recidivism rates.
Preventing Gang Violence and Building Communities Where Young People Thrive (2010)
This toolkit draws upon lessons learned over three years from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, a 13-city network sponsored in collaboration with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency to identify strategies for reducing gang violence and victimization.
Full toolkit (PDF) | Marshalling funding chapter (PDF) | Strategic partnerships chapter (PDF) | Targeted approaches chapter (PDF) | California Cities Gang Prevention Network
The State of City Leadership for Children and Families (2009)
The YEF Institute's first-ever report on The State of City Leadership for Children and Families identifies the nation's most cutting-edge city strategies to help children and families thrive. A chapter on youth violence prevention highlights a broad range of innovations and trends in municipal leadership.
Full report (PDF) | Youth violence prevention chapter (PDF)
Implementing a Citywide Gang Violence Reduction Strategy (2008)
This strategy paper highlights comprehensive, citywide gang prevention initiatives in San Jose, San Bernardino, and Santa Rosa, Calif. These strategies are derived from lessons emerging from the California Cities Gang Prevention Network.
Vital Partners: Mayors and Police Chiefs Working Together for America's Children and Youth (2006)
This report, developed through a project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and conducted in partnership with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, highlights mayor-law enforcement partnerships to keep young people safe in 17 cities and towns.
InstaPoll on Youth Curfews (2005)
This 2005 NLC poll of local officials in 436 cities provides data on how many cities enforce youth curfews, and their views on the effectiveness of curfews in fighting juvenile crime, truancy, and gang violence. The poll also offers a comparison with survey results from 2003, 2001, and 1999.
Action Kit for Municipal Leaders on Protecting Children and Youth (2001)
This action kit highlights steps municipal officials can take to help prevent youth violence, reduce child abuse and neglect, and otherwise protect the safety of children and youth.