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Get to know Colleen Kerr and Brian Aasebo

The previous “Get to know…” event featured Colleen Kerr and Brian Aasebo from the City of Surrey’s Community Safety section. Colleen and Brian introduced how the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (SAFE) Program is taking a coordinated approach to preventing and addressing youth gang involvement.

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Forum Rules of Conduct / Code de conduite pour les forums

Below you will find our rules of conduct for participation in the forums.
CPN-PREV moderators may choose to decline the publication of a post if it does not respect the guidelines below. If a post is not accepted, you will receive an explanatory message, with a request to modify your post before it is published.

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Systematic Review (2)

2nd Systematic review: Prevention

Context & Objectives

The last two decades have witnessed increases in the number of extremist groups, hate incidents/crimes, and mass attacks that target specific racial, religious, gender minority, or political groups. These attacks have also become more globalized, affecting multiple societies around the world.

As a response, prevention programs have been implemented globally. This effort to counter violent radicalization has led to increased involvement of, and costs to, institutions outside national security including mental health and education sectors, as well as legal and prison systems. For example, in the United States alone, approximately 1 trillion dollars were invested in programs to counter terrorist activities between 2001 and 2011. Even though most of this sum was directed towards surveillance and security agencies, some funds were also directed towards programs that aim to prevent the radicalization of vulnerable populations. Although the swiftness with which these programs were developed and implemented is commendable, the limited timeframe also left very few opportunities to empirically assess their positive and negative outcomes. The issue of iatrogenic or negative effects is particularly important to prevention programs, as they are entrenched in ideological conflicts.

Currently, practitioners are relying on the local expertise and case-by-case results to design prevention programs. Despite the clear benefits of a rapid response, the rollout of these programs in the absence of integrated evidence regarding outcomes, transferability, and benefits to communities, may be counterproductive or even result in greater harm for the targeted populations. In order to inform policymakers and practitioners on what really works, the CPN-PREV team has conducted a systematic review that addresses the following questions:

  • Are prevention programs really able to counter violent radicalization?
  • Are there specific program modalities associated with a higher chance of success or failure?
  • What are the evidence-based recommendations for professionals involved in current and future prevention efforts?

Because preliminary evidence suggested that prevention and intervention programs have diverging ranges of outcomes, the CPN-PREV research team decided to treat them in two separate reviews. The current review focuses on prevention efforts, i.e., primary and secondary prevention programs.

Related Publications


Private Platform

Private Platform

The private platform is a virtual space where practitioners are able to share with other professionals working in the field of prevention of radicalization and violent extremism (PVR/PVE) and where they can access resources that will help them in their practice. The private platform adds to our range of knowledge mobilization tools and consolidates the network’s community by promoting sharing among practitioners.

On the private platform, practitioners can interact through thematic forums, register to CPN-PREV events and access resources that have been specifically curated for practitioners in the network. Depending on their line of work, each practitioner will have access to different types of contents on the platform.

To have an account on the private platform, you must be a member of the network, and be a practitioner working in the field of PVR/PVE. Once you join the network, and the information you have submitted has been reviewed, you will automatically receive your access credentials to the platform. Please do not hesitate to reach us at cpnprev@uqam.ca if you have any questions about your account.


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If you were trying to access a page on our Private platform or were using a link from an email, try the following:

  1. Visit this URL and enter the credentials that were provided to you by the CPNPREV team. You will be redirected to the homepage after successful login.
  2. Once logged in, you can either navigate to content by browsing, or by using the link from your email.
  3. If you still experience difficulty accessing the website, please reach out to us at cpnprev@uqam.ca

Video Tag


Expo-quiz junior “Éveiller l’esprit critique, parlons-en!”

Description: This primary prevention tool intended for 9-12 year olds aims to help practitioners in education-related fields and youth workers to discuss the issues and risk factors leading to extreme behaviors that can eventually lead to certain forms of radicalization.

* Content in French only


OPV: A Grassroots Guide to Community Reintegration and Rehabilitation of Returnees & Their Children

Description: Public discussions have involved the returning of individuals and families who left Canada to join groups like Daesh in Iraq and Syria. OPV has prepared a short document that aims to provide recommendations and guidelines on the issues surrounding interaction with people returning from conflict zones, following involvement with extremist groups. The main goal is to offer practical advice on how to interact with returnees and colleagues from different sectors, such as media and law enforcement.


About Us

Introducing CPN-PREV

What is CPN-PREV? 

CPN-PREV is an evidence-based and practitioners-centered network funded by the Public Safety Canada’s Community Resilience Fund (CRF).

The goal of CPN-PREV is to bring forward Canadian leadership and develop excellence in countering violent radicalization. It supports best practices and collaborations among intervention teams, through sustained knowledge mobilization between researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and various community sectors.

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What Do We Do?

CPN-PREV has four inter-related objectives in matters of violent radicalization:

  • Generate evidence-based best practice guidelines related to assessment, prevention, and intervention;
  • Identify existing assets and examine the level of collaboration through a Canada wide mapping of existing initiatives;
  • Strengthen collaborative resource development by and for practitioners across multiple sectors and disciplines, through capacity building in areas of high need;
  • Expand and improve access to the collection of evidence-based resources tailored to Canadian practitioners.

How Do We Do It?

CPN-PREV will achieve its objectives by:

  • Generating systematic reviews on:
    • Exposure to extremist online content leading to violent radicalization;
    • Trajectories and shift markers in and out of violent radicalization;
    • Outcomes of intervention programs and balance of their benefits/harms;
    • Reliability, validity, and outcomes of screening/assessment measures/ tools and the balance of their benefits/harms;
  • Conducting 4W mapping (Who, When, Where, What) across Canada;
  • Supporting the development and sustainability of multisectoral intervention networks nationwide;
  • Training practitioners from diverse sectors and sharing tools in evaluation and intervention.

The Interactive Map

The Interactive Map

Overview

Several organizations offer intervention services in situations involving radicalization leading to violence in Canada. However, there is currently no comprehensive directory listing these resources and outlining the work done by the intervention teams. It is in this spirit that the CPN-PREV has developed this interactive map, which follows the realization of a Canada-wide mapping of the available resources. We hope the map can serve both practitioners and members of the public who wish to find out what services are available across the country.

How to use the interactive map

To navigate the interactive map:

  1. Select a search mode by clicking on the drop-down menu and choosing one of the options. A description of the selected search mode is available when you click on the question mark on the right side of the drop-down menu.
  2. Once you have selected a search mode, coloured dots will appear on the map. A legend will also be visible in the lower right corner of the map.
  3. Click on the dots you are interested in. The organizations corresponding to your selection will be listed below the interactive map.

Feel free to move your cursor over the map and to zoom in if needed by clicking on the +/- icon located in the lower left corner or by double-clicking on the map.

You are now ready to use the interactive map. Enjoy the browsing!

The interactive map shows organizations working with individuals in the process of violent radicalization across Canada. For confidentiality and safety reasons, only organizations that have given their consent are represented on the map. Also, organizations that did not want to disclose their location are represented on the Hudson Bay.

If you want more information or would like to connect with organizations that are available in your region but that may not be listed on the map, or if you would like you or your organization to be featured on the interactive map, please do not hesitate to contact the CPN-PREV team at the following address: cpnprev@uqam.ca.


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