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Research about AVP


Below is a selection of research reports and studies on AVP. Further reports can be found on the AVP wiki website.

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The AVP wiki has current information on AVP news, research and workshop dates. The research material covers General AVP Research, Prisons, Youth, and Africa. New material is added as it becomes available, and contributions are always welcome.

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AVP in Rwanda (PDF format-464KB)
"I still believe there is good in all people: an evaluation of the Alternatives to Violence Project in Rwanda"
A publication by the African Great Lakes Initiative, Nov 2003
To settle many of the low-level cases arising from the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the Rwandan government has chosen to use a truth and reconciliation process using the Gacaca system of traditional village arbitration courts. AVP workshops have been used in the training of Gacaca judges and administrators, as well as for community elders and the general Rwandan community. It also has a carry-on effect on the mundane conflicts that arise in the family and the community. This report evaluates the effectiveness of the program in Rwanda.

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AVP Evaluations and Studies on the AVP/USA website

AVP in Delaware (PDF format - 256KB)
"The AVP in Delaware: A Three-year Cumulative Recidivism Study" by Marsha Miller and John Shuford
Recidivism statistics were developed for a random sample of Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) participants from 1993 to 2001 at the Delaware Correctional Center, the state's largest correctional institution, which houses male inmates with the most serious offenses. Three hundred men were randomly chosen for the sample; 175 had been released at least one year prior to data collection, 162 had been released two years prior, and 148 three years prior. One, two, and three year cumulative statistics are provided for them. At the end of three years following release, only 11.5 percent of the AVP participants had new felony convictions and only half of these were for violent offenses.
The AVP sample was compared to a group of 34 men randomly selected to be the control group for an evaluation of the Life Skills Program at DCC. The AVP sample consistently performed better each year for three years both in recidivism and in the rate of return to prison for any reason. These striking results suggest that AVP is effective in reducing the likelihood of recidivism.

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AVP Aotearoa/NZ Evaluation (PDF format - 863KB)
"An evaluation of AVP workshops in Aotearoa/New Zealand" by Brian Philips
published by AVP Aotearoa, June 2002
An appraisal of the effectiveness of the work done by AVP workshops, analysing qualitative and quantitative data from end-of-workshop evaluations and a national mailout survey. One finding was that 94% of survey respondents found their AVP workshop experience as being helpful.

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Walrath Evaluation (PDF format - 72KB)
"Evaluation of an inmate-Run Alternatives to Violence Project:the impact of inmate-to-inmate intervention"
by Christine Walrath, John Hopkins University
examines the impact on anger and confrontation of completing a basic level AVP workshop in a correctional setting.


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