Program Details:

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence

Founded in 1992 by Dr. Delbert Elliott, international expert in youth violence prevention and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) aims to bridge the gap between research and practice to ensure that the best that is known from violence prevention research is shared with those who need it most. CSPV engages in multidisciplinary research and outreach to practitioners and policymakers to support positive youth development and to prevent problem behaviors in children and youth through three main strategies:

1. Resources that identify and disseminate information on evidence-based programs, practices and policies related to violence prevention and positive youth development.

2. Technical assistance that includes informational presentations, consultation, school climate surveys, and assistance in program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.

3. Research on the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs, and translational research on the dissemination, selection and implementation of programs.

CSPV has three primary initiatives at the present time:

1. Blueprints for Violence Prevention and Healthy Youth Development which identifies and disseminates evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that are effective in reducing antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development. Blueprints offers a Consumer Reports type ranking of what works best for violence and drug use outcomes as well as mental and physical health, self-regulation, and educational achievement outcomes. Blueprints is presently disseminating one of their model programs, Life Skills Training, to eligible schools or districts throughout the nation.

2. Youth Violence Prevention Center of Excellence: Steps to Success is a cooperative agreement between CSPV and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce violence and promote positive youth development among youth in the Montbello community of Denver. Using the Communities That Care model, Steps to Success mobilizes community members and agencies to use a data-driven approach to implement evidence-based programs and practices and to evaluate that approach on youth violence and related outcomes. It is a unique cooperative agreement between community members, CSPV and the CU School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Colorado.

3. Safe Communities Safe Schools (SCSS) was initiated after the Columbine High School tragedy to provide schools with technical assistance for safe school planning, data collection, evidence-based programming, training, and school violence prevention research and resources. SCSS has developed an online school climate survey for students, staff and parents. All participating schools receive a comprehensive report regarding their school climate and risk and protective factors for violence.

SCSS collaborates with the Colorado Attorney General's Office to emphasize the importance of information sharing and cooperation between schools and other agencies that work with youth. SCSS also promotes the use of Safe2Tell as an effective method for students and others to anonymously report concerns about safety.

SCSS partners with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to present a touring production of Shakespeare plays to engage school children throughout the state of Colorado in discussions about anti-bullying and the cycle of violence, while exposing them to classical theater. The program consists of a performance, a post-show discussion with the cast, and classroom workshops addressing school climate concerns.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Institute of Behavioral Science

In Colorado

  • Denver

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • CU School of Medicine/Children's Hospital
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Colorado 9 to 25
  • Colorado Attorney General's Office
  • Colorado Implementation Collaborative
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival
  • Montbello Community Board and Key Leader Advisory Board
  • Safe2Tell

Sponsoring Units

Research Institutes & Centers

  • Behavioral Science (IBS), Institute of

Program Contact

Beverly Kingston

Program Categories


  • Social Sciences

Program Types:

  • Community Development
  • Conference/Institute
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Services
  • Publications


  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.