NIJ FY22 Evaluation of OJP Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative (CVIPI) Projects

Funding Agency:
Department of Justice

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for rigorous, independent evaluations of the outcome and impact of projects funded under the FY 2022 OJP Community Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative solicitation (hereafter, the OJP solicitation). Such evaluations are also expected to examine questions regarding program implementation (e.g., process evaluation).[1] To be considered under this solicitation, an applicant must collaborate with an entity applying to the OJP solicitation and clearly document that collaboration with a signed memorandum of understanding or letter of support. NIJ will only consider applications addressing Categories 3 and 4 of the OJP solicitation. 

The knowledge gained through the conduct of these evaluations will build evidence as to the implementation and effectiveness of strategies designed to reduce violent crime using community-based interventions. This solicitation further supports the DOJ Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Violent Crime. 

Though a great deal has been learned about promising strategies for violence intervention, prevention, and reduction, violence in our communities remains a significant problem without a simple solution.[2][3][4] Community violence generally happens outside the home in public spaces. Most community violence involves a relatively small number of people as victims or perpetrators, but violence has detrimental effects on entire communities: eroding public health, causing economic disruptions, and contributing to lasting individual and community traumas. Mitigation efforts typically focus on high-risk individuals, gun violence, and/or specific violent crime problems, as well as the historical and structural challenges that often result in community violence. Higher levels of violence in communities undermine community stability and well-being, and contribute to a lower sense of safety and security. This solicitation seeks to support the in-depth evaluation of projects designed to reduce violent crime in the community with implications for program strategies, practices, and policies. 

CVIPI is an approach that uses comprehensive evidence-based intervention and prevention programs to reduce violence through tailored, community-centered initiatives. This includes efforts to address gang and gun violence, based on partnerships between community residents, law enforcement, local government agencies, and other community stakeholders. These multidisciplinary strategies engage with individuals and groups to prevent and disrupt cycles of violence and retaliation and establish relationships with individuals and community assets to deliver services that save lives, address trauma, and provide opportunities to improve the physical, social, and economic conditions that drive violence. 

Deadline: June 7, 2022

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Eligibility Requirements

City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Small businesses, Special district governments, State governments, Other 

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 7, 2022