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Policy Research and Analysis

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What we do

Prevention Institute provides research, analysis, synthesis, and writing services that help advance prevention practice. Our approach integrates evidence-based research and promising practices emerging from the field. Our work reveals innovative strategies and promotes new and broader ways of thinking about health and safety.

Where these services have been used

A Time of Opportunity: Local Solutions to Reduce Inequities in Health and Safety
Prevention Institute synthesized research and best practices and proposed a set of policy solutions that focus on preventing illness and injury in the first place for the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Disparities.

Promising Strategies for Creating Healthy Eating and Active Living Environments and Strategies for Enhancing the Built Environment to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living
On behalf of the Convergence Partnership, Prevention Institute conducted interviews with national experts and researched policy trends in the field to identify promising approaches to creating healthier food and activity environments and improving health outcomes.

Poised for Prevention: Advancing Promising Approaches to Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence
Prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this paper summarizes findings from Prevention Institute's New Jersey convening of diverse local and national experts and lays out a vision for a comprehensive primary prevention strategy to address intimate partner violence.

Creating Safe Environments: Violence Prevention Strategies and Programs
Commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this report focuses on violence affecting youth and intimate partner violence prevention. It includes an environmental scan of promising programs to prevent violence from across the United States and provides a useful overview of the current state of violence prevention.

Transforming Communities to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: A Primary Prevention Approach
Funded by the Ms. Foundation, this policy brief analyzes environmental factors and norms that perpetuate child sexual exploitation and outlines policies and practices for transforming communities and the nation during these turbulent political and economic times. The brief reflects a literature review as well as a synthesis of interviews and a convening with local and national experts on the topic.

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For further information or to inquire about customizing our research, analysis, synthesis, and writing services to your individual or organizational needs, please email a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (510) 444-7738 and ask for an intake coordinator.