A Strategic Plan for Crime Prevention Research and Evaluation

Winifred Reed, National Institute of Justice
Steven P. Lab, Bowling Green State University

In 2001, the National Institute of Justice commissioned Steven Lab to develop a strategic plan for crime prevention research. This roundtable session will include short presentations on the background for this effort, the process used to develop the plan and the recommendations for future research resulting from the plan. The definition used to guide the proposed plan is: crime prevention entails any action designed to reduce the actual and perceived level of crime and/or the perceived fear of crime. This planning effort excluded any programs or initiatives which directly target work with adjudicated offenders, or offenders who have begun processing through the formal criminal justice system (sometimes referred to as tertiary prevention). The planning effort also excluded a wide range of programs and issues which receive significant attention from other agencies or sources, both within and outside the Department of Justice. The plan has the following general parameters: 1) it proposes a mix of both community-wide initiatives and smaller scale targeted prevention activities; 2) it proposes a mix of basic research programs along with specific evaluation projects; 3) it incorporates a call for yearly investigator initiated research specifically targeting prevention issues; and 4) it assumes that many initiatives should consider joint funding with NIJ and other agencies. Time will be allotted for discussion.

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Updated 05/20/2006