Past Projects


Education and Mississippi
Beginning in 2008, ICP partnered with the Kellogg Foundation to bring a structural approach to its education work in Mississippi, ICP worked with Foundation staff to engage community and begin to understand the structural factors in Mississippi that might impede its ability to sustain work in communities across the state.

Structural Violence (2005-2006)
The C.S. Mott Foundation awarded a grant to the Institute for Community Peace to conduct an environmental scan to determine whether structural racism could be addressed through a focus on primary violence prevention. In its prior work with community-based organizations, ICP had noted the great difficulty communities faced in sustaining violence prevention accomplishments if issues of race and racism were also not attended. The study encompassed:
• A review of practice and research to determine the extent to which the confluence of race and violence has been studied;
• Interviews with a variety of people in select communities to explore whether and how communities are taking on the dual issues of violence and race, and to glean lessons learned;
• A national online survey of communities across the country to understand how race and violence are emerging as issues and the extent to which communities are recognizing structural components to their work;
• A review of ICP's lessons with respect to race and violence;
• Development of a conceptual framework using ICP's developmental stages as a process to engage communities in integrated work on race and violence; and
• Recommendations for future action.
• Report to be published.

Healing Racial Wounds (2006-07)
The John Fetzer Institute awarded a grant to the Institute for Community Peace (ICP) to explore the thoughts of African Americans about the usefulness of love and forgiveness as a concept for healing the nation's racial wounds. The yearlong project was a part of the Fetzer Institute's campaign, "to encourage contemplation and conversation about how love and forgiveness can effect meaningful change in individuals and society." ICP interviewed 80 African Americans from all walks of life to elicit their thoughts and concerns about the relevance of love and forgiveness in healing racial wounds and suggestions about the actions that individuals, community and the nation can take to address the harms of historic racism.
• Report to be published.

Engaging Citizens To Support Education (2006-2007)
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded ICP a contract to support the efforts of the Mississippi Department of Education in developing a comprehensive strategy for transforming the state's public education system. The work included supporting the development of a broad-based plan to engage citizens in supporting education. A multi-year grant was awarded to support this strategy.

Violence Prevention and Faith-based Efforts (2006-2008)
The Advocates for Human Potential subcontracted with the Institute for Community Peace to evaluate the effectiveness of technical support to faith-based organizations that are seeking to prevent violence against women. A number of evaluation tools were developed and several reports as part of this project. This effort was supported by grants from the National Institutes for Justice and the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

Citizen Security in Guyana (2006-2007)
The Inter-American Development Bank awarded a contract to the Institute for Community Peace to work with the Government of Guyana (South America) to develop a citizen engagement effort as part of a comprehensive strategy to promote citizen security in the country. ICP worked with personnel from the Department of Home Affairs in Guyana and other international experts to develop written and online training curriculums to build the capacity of local community organizers to engage community residents.

Structural Violence and Community Peace (2007)
An anonymous donor awarded a grant to ICP to learn whether the work of violence prevention practitioners embodies concepts and practices that reflect a focus on community peace (focusing not only on ending physical acts of violence but also on promoting community health). ICP interviewed select national and international practitioners to gain insights about their primary violence prevention work, the ways in which they feel that their work has transformed community and the role of community in that transformation.

Child Involvement In Violence (2005-2006)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) contracted with the Institute for Community Peace to build the capacity of their select grantees to sustain work to prevent child involvement in violence (as witnesses and victims). ICP provided training and technical support to OJJDP grantees in Chatham, South Carolina, Rochester, New York, Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, CA.

Training Practitioners (2005)
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group of the District of Columbia awarded a grant to the Institute for Community Peace to train grassroots practitioners to evaluate their efforts. ICP designed a yearlong curriculum to teach the elements of evaluation to practitioners involved in youth development and violence prevention organizations in the District of Columbia.

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