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Title: Pennsylvania Weed and Seed (PAWS): Evaluating the Lancaster (LWS) and York (YWS) Initiatives
Author(s): Neil Alan Weiner, Ph.D.; Hyekyung Choo, M.S.W.; Kimberly Flemke, Ph.D.; Zvi Eisikovits, Ph.D.; Zeev Winstok, Ph.D.; Arik Rimmerman Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Pennsylvania
School of Social Work,
Ctr on the Study of Youth Policy
United States of America
Date Published: December 2003
Page Count: 264
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
P. O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167
United States of America
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Summary)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This is the full report of evaluations of the Lancaster (LWS) and York (YWS) Pennsylvania Weed and Seed (PAWS) initiatives, which focused on reducing targeted crimes, especially drug-trafficking and violent crimes in selected and narrowly drawn “target areas.”
Abstract: The PAWS has performed well overall in the two sites evaluated, especially in identifying potential sites for targeting, delivering the PAWS vision, and in working collaboratively. It has performed well in finding worthy partners for interventions, and it has shown commitment and intensity in efforts to identify how best to serve its constituents, mainly through its training and technical assistance. The evaluation of the two sites has shown, however, that each PAWS activity could and should be improved. The full set of PAWS activities could benefit from improved integration with one another so as to strengthen support for a limited set of critical goals/objectives. The evaluation addressed four issues. First, it identified which prevention, intervention, and treatment programs were delivered by participating PAWS partners. Second, it sought evidence that PAWS reduced violent, crimes, drug crimes, and quality-of-life crimes, while increasing community trust in the police. Third, it determined whether community-policing activities served as a bridge between the law-enforcement and neighborhood restoration of PAWS. Fourth, it determined what neighborhood restoration occurred within the PAWS communities. The first three issues became the evaluation’s emphases because of limitations in the availability of data that could link PAWS activities to specific neighborhood restoration projects. The evaluation obtained data and information from briefing notes prepared by the Executive Director of PAWS, focus groups, key informant interviews, and a household survey in PAWS and matched non-PAWS areas of the two sites, in order to determine respondents’ perceptions of various PAWS-related neighborhood goals/objectives.
Main Term(s): Effectiveness of crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Community policing; Drug law offenses; Environmental influences; High crime areas; Neighborhood; Pennsylvania; Program coordination; Program design; Program evaluation; Program implementation; Program planning; Violent crimes; Weed & Seed Programs
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