At the Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP), this scientific discipline focuses on youth violence prevention by strengthening communities. Its approach is unique because participatory-based research is conducted in collaboration with community and neighborhood groups. All share equally in the planning, leadership, analysis and dissemination of kids violence prevention research results.
In partnership with community-based organizations and community members, CIRP’s youth violence prevention research projects seek to understand how violence affects the lives of kids, as well as how the physical environment influences aggressive and criminal behavior. A key goal is to learn how to best share youth violence prevention research results with the community and how to incorporate community feedback into the design of research. An example of this involved a central research project that adapted promising models of primary kids violence prevention programs in specific Philadelphia neighborhoods. CIRP’s Violence Prevention research team also hosts Community Driven Research Day annually to encourage collaboration between researchers, community-based organizations (CBOs), and community groups to prevent youth violence.
Our researchers are also an integral part of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center (PCVPC). PCVPC serves as the Philadelphia headquarters of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP), a partnership of programs around the country that provides intervention services to individuals being treated for violent injuries.
Read our blog posts about youth violence prevention: