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Impacts of a Violence Prevention Program for Middle Schools: Findings after 3 Years of Implementation. Executive Summary. NCEE 2011-4018.

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This is the second and final report summarizing findings from an impact evaluation of a violence prevention intervention for middle schools. This report provides findings from the second and third years of the 3-year intervention. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) contracted with RTI International and its subcontractors, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and Tanglewood Research, Inc., to conduct an evaluation of a hybrid intervention model that combines a curriculum-based program, Responding in Peaceful and Positive Ways (RiPP [Meyer and Northup 2002a, 2002b, 2006]), and a whole-school approach, Best Behavior (Sprague and Golly 2005). The combined intervention was administered over the course of 3 successive years. Using a randomized control trial design (with entire schools randomly assigned either to receive the intervention or not), the evaluation assessed the intervention's effects on both the full sample of students as well as on students at high risk for committing violence. These are the main findings regarding intervention impacts after 3 years: (1) There were no statistically significant differences between intervention and control schools on self-reported student violence or victimization; (2) There were no statistically significant program impacts on violence or victimization for students who were at risk for engaging in violence but who had not previously done so; (3) There were no statistically significant program impacts on violence or victimization for high-risk students who had previously engaged in violence; and (4) There were no statistically significant impacts on either secondary or intermediate outcomes. (Contains 1 table, 3 figures and 4 footnotes.) [For the full report, see ED519880.]

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Author:Silvia, Suyapa; Blitstein, Jonathan; Williams, Jason; Ringwalt, Chris; Dusenbury, Linda; Hansen, Wil
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2011
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