NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative

NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative is a large-scale, integrated research effort designed to increase the safety of schools nationwide by developing knowledge about the most effective and sustainable school safety interventions and programs and by testing innovative approaches.

The Initiative’s goal is to create a firmer foundation of knowledge so that communities can implement individualized programs and policies that are based on scientific testing.

NIJ launched the Initiative in early 2014 in response to a congressional request for a broad, research-based effort to increase safety in the nation’s schools. Congress appropriated $75 million for the Initiative.

The Initiative has three broad components, each designed to produce evidence about what works and to identify best practices:

  • Understand school safety issues, existing models and data
  • Sponsor independent and innovative research
  • Test the effects of interventions via pilot projects

Read more about these components.

NIJ has primary responsibility for the Initiative, but many federal partners are assisting in the Initiative’s development and dissemination of information:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
    • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    • Civil Rights Division
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Office of Community Oriented Policing
    • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Mental Health
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security, including the U.S. Secret Service
Date modified: July 31, 2014