A Community-Academic Partnership for School-Based Nonviolence Education: The Healthy Power Program

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Graduate School of Nursing

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Community-Based Research | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Education | Peace and Conflict Studies | Public Health and Community Nursing


BACKGROUND: Youth violence is a significant problem affecting community health. Community-academic partnerships can advance youth nonviolence education by synergizing the strengths of collaborators while working toward a common goal. We describe a collaboration between an urban public middle school, community nonprofit, and university-based graduate school of nursing in implementing and evaluating the Healthy Power program, a school-based youth nonviolence program for middle-school boys.

METHODS: A participatory program evaluation approach was used to plan and implement evaluation of the Healthy Power program with a cohort of 8 students. Collaborative planning allowed for the selection of measures that reflected program objectives and were of value to community partners while also scientifically sound. A mixed-methods approach included a focus group and a pretest-posttest with quantitative items and open-ended questions.

RESULTS: While the quantitative pre-posttest did not show any significant change, the open-ended questions and focus group suggested that students had advanced their understanding and application of conflict resolution skills.

CONCLUSIONS: The findings support the usefulness of community-academic partnerships for peace/conflict resolution education and program evaluation. Such programs may benefit from mixed methods of evaluation.


anti-sexist education, community-academic partnership, peace education, program evaluation, youth violence

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Dunn M, Drew C, O'Brien J, Wood M, Mora E, Diener S, Perry DJ. A Community-Academic Partnership for School-Based Nonviolence Education: The Healthy Power Program. J Sch Health. 2020 Jan;90(1):65-69. doi: 10.1111/josh.12850. Epub 2019 Nov 24. PMID: 31762056. Link to article on publisher's site

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The Journal of school health

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