JOURNAL ARTICLE

Supporting a community-based participatory evaluation approach to violence prevention in Kansas City

Jomella Watson-Thompson, Marvia D Jones, Jeffrey D Colvin, Tracie McClendon-Cole, Daniel J Schober, Anthony M Johnson
Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community 2013, 41 (3): 155-66
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Disparities in rates of firearm-related homicide exist for some segments of the population and by geographic area. There are interrelated factors across multiple social-ecological levels that increase the risk of violence for some individuals and groups, which may suggest the importance of comprehensive community intervention approaches for addressing violence. Participatory approaches can aid in the implementation of community interventions by engaging community and researcher partners in collaboratively addressing community-identified concerns. The purpose of the present study is to demonstrate the application of a participatory evaluation framework used to support the Aim4Peace Violence Prevention Project in Kansas City, Missouri. The study presents data from the second year of program implementation to examine the contributions of the program in addressing violence.

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