Resources from DHS, S&T on Violent Extremism, Terrorism Prevention, and Evaluations of Counterterrorism Programs

Countering Violent Extremism — Developing a Research Roadmap: Literature Review

As the threat of violent extremism in the United States continues to grow and change, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), which serves as the primary source of scientific expertise for the Department, has strengthened its resolve to develop an agile, multidisciplinary, knowledge-based capability to counter this threat. To that end, DHS S&T created a Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Framework to guide evidence-based research intended to meet policy, operational, and public needs. The Framework is structured around several focus areas, including diverting individuals on the pathway of radicalization to violence; preventing individuals from carrying out attacks and targeting locations; mitigating the impact of extremist events; and developing individual and community resilience to violence inspired by extremism.


Countering Violent Extremism — Developing a Research Roadmap: Stakeholder Recruitment and Engagement Plan

In furtherance of its mission to conduct evidence-based research to meet policy, operational, and public needs in order to save lives, reduce property losses, and enhance community resilience in the face of rapidly changing threats of extremist violence in the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed a countering violent extremism (CVE) framework (the Framework). The Framework recommends pursuit of research in the following four areas: diverting individuals from radicalization, preventing individuals from carrying out attacks or locations from being targeted, mitigating the impact of extremist events, and developing community and individual resilience to violence inspired by extremism. The goal of the current effort, Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) – Developing a Research Roadmap, is to contribute to further development and implementation of the Framework by incorporating information about the stakeholders it represents. To that end, RTI will conduct research with stakeholders engaged in each aspect of the Framework (diversion, prevention, mitigation, and resilience) to develop an understanding of how each organization defines its CVE mission, how the organizations decide what actions to undertake in furtherance of their goals, and how they interact with other CVE stakeholders. Information obtained through these interactions will form the foundation on which the institutional context for CVE will ultimately be developed. This document details the ways in which the stakeholders will be recruited and participation elicited for this research effort.


Countering Violent Extremism — The Application of Risk Assessment Tools in the Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Process: Literature Review

Creating tools designed to identify early signs of radicalization and to assess individuals for successful completion of diversion and rehabilitation programs is an inherently complex and multifaceted process that has the potential for major positive impacts on security while also presenting a number of concerns. Because of these issues, the DHS S&T First Responders Group requested RTI International develop a summary on the state of the science of risk assessment tools, especially studies that highlight and examine risk assessments used in relation to violent extremism (VE), and to recommend the necessary steps to successfully integrate empirically valid risk assessment tools in a terrorism prevention context.


Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) – Developing a Research Roadmap

In furtherance of its mission to conduct evidence-based research to inform policy recommendations, operational requirements, and public safety needs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a countering violent extremism (CVE) framework (the Framework).  This Framework will assist DHS S&T in developing a research agenda that seeks to save lives, reduce property losses, and enhance community resilience in the face of rapidly changing threats of extremist violence in the United States.


International Expert Engagement and Analysis of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Evaluations

The goal of the current effort, International Expert Engagement and Analysis of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Evaluations, is to contribute to the development and implementation of the Framework by collecting information about the current state of international CVE program evaluations, including identifying transferrable best practices and documenting gaps.


Evaluation of the Greater Boston Countering Violent Extremism Pilot Program Project Report

On October 1, 2015, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health started the project entitled “Evaluation of the Greater Boston Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Pilot Program,” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate under the funding opportunity 2015-ST-108-FRG005 entitled “Program Evaluation of the “Three Cities” Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) Initiatives.” The main goal of this funding opportunity has been to bring together experts in the areas of program evaluation and violent extremism to integrate scientifically derived knowledge into homeland security policies and, more specifically, to generate substantive evaluation data that can be used by practitioners and policy makers to improve prevention approaches to violent extremism.

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