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Preliminary Findings from the Assessment of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention November 1, 2011 Jeffrey ButtsCaterina Roman Kathy TombergCaitlin.

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1 Preliminary Findings from the Assessment of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention November 1, 2011 Jeffrey ButtsCaterina Roman Kathy TombergCaitlin Taylor Research and Evaluation CenterDept of Criminal Justice John Jay College of Criminal Justice Temple University

2 2 Assessment Components Review of proposals, plans, and reports from the 6 cities and their federal partners Visits to the 6 cities; interviews with officials, professionals, and community members Interviews with key federal partners Online survey in the 6 cities at 3 points in time Underway Half finished Not started First wave completed

3 3 Community Assessment Survey Powered by Survey Monkey Launched in June 2011 Invitations ed or mailed to 393 potential respondents Valid responses received from 245 Total response rate was 62 percent Survey: Wave 1

4 4 Community Assessment Survey Powered by Survey Monkey Response rates varied among the six Forum cities: Boston73% Chicago44% Detroit69% Memphis59% Salinas67% San Jose59%

5 Overall Violence Percent Reporting Violence “Increase” in last 12 Months

6 Violence Associated with Guns Percent Reporting Violence “Increase” in last 12 Months

7 Violence Associated with Drugs Percent Reporting Violence “Increase” in last 12 Months

8 Violence Associated with Gangs Percent Reporting Violence “Increase” in last 12 Months

9 Seriously Underfunded Social Agencies 92% Not Enough Youth Sports Opportunities 70% Not Enough Good Youth After School Opportunties 56% Youth Don't Know Where to get Job Help 53% Troubled Families Don't Know Where to get Help 51% Difficulty Helping People Coming Out of Prison 49% Difficulty Preventing Violence Before it Occurs 43% Youth Don't Know Where to get Education Help 41% Difficulty Connecting Youth with Services 37% Difficulty Intervening with Known Violent Youth 30% Top 10 Challenges Across All Six Forum Cities

10 10 Respondent Groups* All Respondents 245 Number of Respondents Already Aware of the National Forum 162 Respondents From Agencies Involved in the National Forum 120 Respondents Reporting Personal Involvement in the Forum 71 * Individual respondents may belong to more than one subgroup.

11 11 Percent Agreeing That Their City’s Strategic Plan Has These Elements “Involved” Respondents

12 12 Percent Agreeing The success of the NFYVP is important to me. 91% I plan to stay involved in the NFYVP as long as my city is involved. 85% NFYVP helps my city to coordinate its violence prevention efforts. 77% “Aware” Respondents

13 13 Percent Agreeing My personal involvement in the NFYVP is important to me. 76% The National Forum really brought together a diverse group of people and agencies in my city. 74% NFYVP is mainly another effort to increase gang suppression. 25% “Aware” Respondents

14 14 Percent Agreeing In my city, the National Forum is mainly a police effort. 20% NFYVP has NO real effect on my city's strategy for preventing violence. 13% “Aware” Respondents

15 Percent Reporting Any Contact with Federal Partner Agencies “Aware” Respondents

16 16 Our involvement in community efforts to reduce youth violence. 70% Our exchange of information with other organizations working to prevent youth violence. 66% Percent Saying Organization has Increased the Following in the “Past Few Months” All Respondents

17 17 Sharing of resources (equipment, supplies) with other organizations working to prevent youth violence. 57% Our involvement or co-sponsoring of events with other organizations working to prevent youth violence. 56% Percent Saying Organization has Increased the Following in the “Past Few Months” All Respondents

18 18 Our collaborative efforts with other groups and organizations working to reduce violence. 70% Our support for community leaders working to prevent violence, even when we have no financial ties. 65% Percent Saying Organization has Increased the Following in the “Past Few Months” All Respondents

19 19 Upcoming Tasks Continue to schedule site visits Two more rounds of online surveys Schedule interviews with key federal partners Create deliverables - First report in March 2012

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