Patricia Campie is a criminologist with more than 20 years of experience leading community-based research, evaluation, and implementation science initiatives. She is the principal investigator for the Research on Lowering Violence in Schools and Communities (ReSOLV) project, a five-year longitudinal study of the root causes of school violence and community, school, and individual capacities to address them. Here she answers some questions about the project.
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3 Nov 2017
Gun violence can leave people feeling helpless and searching for answers—but there are ways to help reduce and prevent it, including community engagement and youth initiatives. Explore AIR’s violence prevention resources to learn more.
Last year alone, over 2,000 people in Massachusetts died from an opioid involved overdose. In partnership with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, AIR developed a cross-system study to develop locally-relevant and research-informed strategies to reduce and prevent opioid misuse.
21 Sep 2017
In 2011, Massachusetts initiated the Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI), which provides a comprehensive public health approach for young men believed to be at “proven risk” for being involved with firearms. This article summarizes the results of a quasi-experimental evaluation study to test a youth violence intervention program in eleven cities in Massachusetts.
20 Apr 2017
In 2010, Massachusetts invested in the Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI), an initiative launched in eleven cities with the highest per capita rates of violent crime. This report presents the findings and methodology from the Community-based Violence Prevention (CBVP) study of the SSYI's impact on violent crime in Massachusetts.
19 Jan 2017
Schools that are safe create conditions for learning and well-being. Drawing on research and best practices, the California School Safety Toolkit allows any school or district to assess its safety system. Districts and schools can use the toolkit to improve how schools use data, apply best practices in school safety, engage students, promote a healthy school environment and reduce the use of exclusionary discipline and referrals to law enforcement that disproportionately impact students of color.
A comprehensive approach to school safety requires a focus on the root causes within the school and larger community setting. In support of the National Institute of Justice's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, AIR—in partnership with Virginia Tech, The Wandersman Group, and a group of nationally recognized school safety experts—is conducting Research on Lowering Violence in Communities and Schools (ReSOLV).
English language learners often need additional support to read at grade level by the third grade—a milestone predictive of future educational and occupational success. Yet schools and communities often do not have the resources to provide those supports. AIR is conducting the feasibility phase of a Pay for Success project for the U.S. Department of Education to improve English language acquisition for Spanish-speaking children in pre-K through third grade.
8 Dec 2016
At 21, many foster youth “age out” of financial benefits and supports from the child welfare system—before they even finish college. Given the challenges they face, it’s not surprising that only 3 to 10 percent of them earn undergraduate degrees compared with 34 percent of young adults who weren’t in foster care. What can states do to ensure foster youth have the support they need to graduate from college? In this blog post, Patricia Campie provides an overview of the educational challenges foster students face in the transition to college.
19 Oct 2016
Eighty-four percent of foster kids say they want to attend college, but only 20 percent will enroll and, at most, 6 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree. What can be done to help foster youths achieve their educational aspirations? In this blog post, Patricia Campie provides an overview of the educational challenges foster students face and highlights a new program that aims to train foster families to build a college-going culture in their homes.