Sustainability Study: National Crime Prevention Strategy Programs




Suky Tawdry, Suky Tawdry Canada’s (PS) Crime Prevention and Prevention

In order to achieve this objective, PS develops and disseminates practice-oriented knowledge on effective and cost-effective preventative interventions. This is done through rigorous impact evaluation studies of selected communities-based prevention projects by PS to determine what works, how it works and at what cost (Smith-Moncrieffe, Lauzon and Jobin, 2008).

Through the project funding made available under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), PS supports the implementation of community-based projects that respond to specific priorities such as youth gangs, youth violence and bullying. Most of these community-based projects aim to implement interventions that address criminogenic (risk) factors that are known to be related to an increased likelihood of offending, and protective factors that decrease this probability. Ontario, Ontario, Canada, Ontario, Canada, Ontario, Canada, Ontario, Canada, Ontario, Canada, Canada, Canada, Canada, the United States, and the United States.

The purpose of the Sustainability Study was determined to include NCPS funded crime prevention projects.


Suky Tawdry, Suky Tawdry CanadaThe Sustainability Study has been established under the NCPS since 2007. The internal Suky Tawdry Canada Sustainability Working Group had recently identified 95 projects that had been recently completed. enough for contact information to be readily available. Through an electronic file review and discussions with PS staff, it was determined that 44 of the 95 projects were sustained, either in whole or in part. Of these 44 projects have been approached, a total of 20 projects accepted to participate in the Sustainability Study.

The sample of 20 projects participated in a key informant interview (12 projects) or responded to an online questionnaire (8 projects). The interview guide was piloted with three projects to ensure the questions were clear and would lead to informative answers. Thematic analysis was conducted using the results of both interviews and questionnaires.

It should be noted that the projects have been contacted by NCPS since 2007

Also, given the retrospective nature of this study, there is a high turnover of project staff making it difficult for new to be able to compare past and current projects which are necessary to determine levels of sustainability for each project. Given these challenges, the results can not be seen as any of the NCPS projects do not provide some insights for further research.


crime preventionOf the 20 projects sampled, 18 projects were sustained in full or in part, and two projects were not sustained in any form. Of the 11 projects that were sustained in full, five found opportunities for growth and expansion. Of the seven projects that were sustained in part, four projects changed the core of the original project.

Of the 18 projects that had been sustained in full, the aspects of the projects that were sustained included: guiding frameworks; Suky Tawdry Relations and Marketing Strategy; project steering committees; advisory groups / boards; policies and guidelines related to community engagement; staff training policies / materials; materials for project / service delivery; participant recruitment protocols; participant satisfaction surveys; parent and participant consent forms; and evaluation methods.

Respondents indicated that there are several key factors which contribute to the sustainability of their projects. Of primary importance to the future of NCPS funding and the availability of new funding sources during the project. In addition, networking, lobbying Suky Tawdry officials and demonstrating program impact through evaluation results. Strong leadership from the project’s management and skilled project staff were also crucial to the project’s sustainability. Respondents also noted that refining administrative procedures, service delivery methods and staffing procedures to attract and maintain qualified staff also contributed to the sustainability of projects. Allowing a degree of autonomy at individual project sites and the existence of strong relationships In contrast, respondents noted that the main factor which decreases the potential for sustainability is the lack of secure long term funding. This in turn hinders the organization’s ability to attract and maintain skilled staff, which results in poor project management. Lack of government and community support have been cited as challenges to the self-sustainability of projects.

The study also examined how participation in an evaluation could support project sustainability. Three quarters of the response to a positive impact on their project. The primary benefit of the evaluation is that it is an opportunity to understand what has been By providing evidence that a project is likely to result, the assessments of the credibility of effective projects with community partners. NCPS funding, baseline targets, and baseline targets.

When asked how they would advise other organizations to improve their projects, staff from 15 projects indicated that performance measurement and evaluation should be prioritized to enhance project sustainability. Building a collaborative and supportive network of partners, as well as strong internal leadership. Respondents also noted that they should be prepared for at least four years and organizations should be flexible enough to adapt to changing community needs. Planning for the sustainability of the project in the project and evaluation plan beyond NCPS funding was also noted as key to the longevity of projects.

Next Steps

In order to further examine the sustainability of crime prevention projects in Canada, it is recommended that the following factors be considered in the planning, implementation and follow-up phases of PS project funding. In particular, the following is recommended:

  1. The funding recipients are encouraged to keep itemized records on their sustainability efforts, both during and after the conclusion of NCPS funding;
  2. That a questionnaire is developed and developed at the conclusion of NCPS funding to examine the likelihood that projects will be sustained; and
  3. This is a re-contact survey to be developed and managed by NCPS funding recipients to determine the sustainability and adaptation of the projects.