In 2014, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) launched a two-year study of community-based Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programing led by the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) and its effectiveness in promoting positive social integration and encouraging public safety.
By the time of publication, our CVE programing, known as the “Montgomery County Model” has been renamed for more general applicability to the Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) model.
The formative evaluation, conducted by Dr. John Horgan, Dr. Michael Williams, and Dr. William Evans, assessed community-based participation in CVE programs, community awareness of risk factors of radicalization to violent extremism, and the community’s natural inclinations in response to these factors. The evaluation utilized surveys and focus group discussions with a wide array of respondents, including Montgomery County Police Officers, gang/violence prevention specialists, local representatives of faith-based organizations, participants of WORDE programming and other community members who had not been previously involved with WORDE’s model. The findings of that evaluation are presented in the report, “Evaluation of a Multi-Faceted U.S. Community – Based, Muslim-Led CVE Program.” As a result of this rigorous evaluation by some of the most premier academics in the field of counter terrorism, at risk youth development and scientific evaluations, WORDE’s programing is the first evidence-based, CVE relevant program in the U.S.
Download the Report > “Evaluation of a Multi-Faceted U.S. Community – Based, Muslim-Led CVE Program.”