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Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons learned from the defending childhood demonstration project

Show simple item record Swaner, R., Ayoub, L.H., Jensen, E., & Rempel, M. 2015-06-03T13:30:57Z 2015-06-03T13:30:57Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Swaner, R., Ayoub, L.H., Jensen, E., & Rempel, M. (2015). Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons learned from the defending childhood demonstration project. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice. en_US
dc.description.abstract In order to address the high prevalence of children’s exposure to violence, eight sites around the country were selected by the Department of Justice for the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program. This national initiative aims: 1) to prevent children’s exposure to violence; 2) to mitigate the negative impact of such exposure when it does occur; and 3) to develop knowledge and spread awareness about children’s exposure to violence, both within and beyond the chosen pilot sites. The eight demonstration sites were tasked with developing and implementing comprehensive strategies that could include both universal and targeted prevention programs; case management and treatment interventions for children who had been exposed to violence; community awareness and education; and professional training designed to increase the knowledge of children’s exposure to violence, trauma-informed care, and the use of proven evidence-based or promising treatment practices. Part of the evaluation of the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program, this report is a crosssite synthesis of implementation strategies, lessons learned, and promising practices in six of the eight sites: Boston, MA; Chippewa Cree Tribe, Rocky Boy’s Reservation, MT; Cuyahoga County, OH; Grand Forks, ND; Rosebud Sioux Tribe, SD; and Shelby County, TN. This mixed-method study included three primary data collection methods: 1) multiple site visits involving interviews with key stakeholders and observations of meetings or events at each site; 2) quarterly site implementation reports tracking quantitative program outputs; and 3) document review of important planning documents, program records, and other materials. The Defending Childhood sites made decisions about their strategies using their own needs assessments; discussions among their collaborative bodies; and informal evaluations of implementation feasibility. Program models vary greatly by site; however, general themes and lessons emerged as all of the sites worked to tackle children’s exposure to violence. Based on the identified findings and lessons, this report provides 58 distinct recommendations, which sub-divide into recommendations for: (1) other jurisdictions, (2) tribal sites, (3) funders, (4) technical assistance providers, and (5) evaluators who may be studying similar initiatives. en_US
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dc.publisher U.S. Department of Justice en_US
dc.subject evaluation en_US
dc.subject defending childhood en_US
dc.subject implementation en_US
dc.title Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons learned from the defending childhood demonstration project en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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