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The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.

The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.
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Baton Rouge Partnership for the Prevention of Juvenile Gun Violence (Baton Rouge, LA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Children, Urban

Goal: The partnership uses a comprehensive strategy with four specific goals:

1. Carry out a multi-agency law enforcement (suppression) strategy to reduce gun-related and other violent crimes committed by youths 17 and older.
2. Operate an intensive intervention program to reduce the risk factors for the highest risk youths, their families, and the community.
3. Mobilize the community at the grassroots level to address the problems of hard-to-reach families and the highest risk youths.
4. Operate a long-range prevention program that identifies, links, and strengthens existing resources to serve youths who may be at risk.

Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (Chicago, IL)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Police & Fire Services, Urban

Goal: The goal of this strategy is to improve the effectiveness of policing in Chicago.

National Night Out (USA)

Filed under Good Idea, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Children, Teens, Adults, Elderly, Families, Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Goal: The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen community and law enforcement relationships and educate communities about crime and drug prevention.

Richmond Comprehensive Homicide Initiative (Richmond, CA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Teens, Urban

Goal: The goal of this strategy is to reduce homicide in Richmond, California.

Safe Streets / Strong Communities (New Orleans, LA)

Filed under Good Idea, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Teens, Adults, Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Urban

Goal: Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans, one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.

San Diego County Breaking Cycles (San Diego County, CA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention, Children, Teens

Goal: The goals of this program are to

- Prevent youth from becoming delinquent by focusing strengths-based, family-centered community resources and programs on "at-risk" youth and their families.
- Improve the juvenile justice and community intervention for juvenile offenders through a system of Graduated Sanctions (Intervention).

The Community Immersion Program (Austin, Texas)

Filed under Good Idea, Public Safety / Police & Fire Services, Racial/Ethnic Minorities

Goal: The mission of the program is to develop cultural understanding and to forge relationships between police officers and citizens of Austin in order to provide better community service.

Tri-Agency Resource Gang Enforcement Team (Orange County, CA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Public Safety / Police & Fire Services, Children, Urban

Goal: The goal of the TARGET program is to reduce gang crime by selectively incarcerating the most violent and repeat (recidivist) gang offenders (based on their criminal records).

Truant Recovery Program (Richmond, CA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Education / Student Performance K-12, Teens, Urban

Goal: The goal of this program is to reduce truancy in West Contra Costa schools.

Weed and Seed (USA)

Filed under Effective Practice, Health / Substance Abuse

Goal: The goals of Weed and Seed are to control violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime and provide a safe environment where residents can live, work, and raise their families.