U.S. Justice Department to Study School Safety

As reported by the US Justice Department, solicitations related to research in the area of school safety were recently announced by the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

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.

According to the National Institute of Justice, 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

The “Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make Schools Safe” solicitation is open to states, districts, and public charter schools and supports a unique opportunity to engage in research that closely examines the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of various school safety strategies.

For more information, see the National Institute of Justice.