Using Gatekeeper Training as a CVE Tool: Replication and Evaluation of a Gatekeeper Program in Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, 2019 (ICPSR 37452)

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This study evaluated Global Citizen's Forum (GCF), an afterschool youth program designed as a peer gatekeeping program in the area of violent extremism. GCF was implemented in two private high schools in Maryland during spring of 2019. Although the study was designed as a quasi-experimental research with pre/post testing of treatment and control groups, implementation challenges resulted in design problems and a small sample, allowing only for exploratory study. The preliminary results suggest that GCF is associated with some statistically significant gains in participants' knowledge and attitude. The study also presents team's qualitative findings as well as GCF replication framework and financial cost analysis. An assessment of the GCF implementation experience and related observations indicates that GCF may be difficult to replicate due to community sensitivities about accepting the violent extremism threat and the ability of service providers to teach the GCF curriculum. For conclusive and reliable results, this study needs to be replicated with participation of a larger sample.

McGee, Sibel. Using Gatekeeper Training as a CVE Tool: Replication and Evaluation of a Gatekeeper Program in Prince George’s County, Maryland, United States, 2019. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2020-04-30.

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United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (2016-ZA-BX-K003)


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This research study aims to contribute to the broader knowledge and practice pertaining to effective programming in the field of violent extremism prevention. Accordingly, the purpose of the study is:

(1) Evaluate the GCF program to determine whether it is an effective youth violent extremism prevention gatekeeper training

(2) Develop a replication and evaluation framework for consistent replication and evaluation of the GCF program elsewhere.

This study will follow a quasi- experimental design. The study team will divide the recruited sample of youth into treatment and comparison group (who will be prioritized for future training, if the training is found to be effective) using stratified random sampling based on demographic attributes aligned with the school's broader population distribution of key demographics. While treatment group will participate in the GCF training, the comparison group will not participate in the training. Both groups will be tested through a survey instrument (see Appendix 2) prior to and after the GCF training. Six to eight (6-8) participants from both groups will also be invited to participate in focus group discussions. Observations and experiences of TCP facilitators pertaining to program fidelity and challenges will be captured in weekly GCF facilitator logs as well as a study team workshop to be convened following the completion of the GCF trainings. The logs and workshop discussions will not capture private or personal information pertaining to individual participants.

Participants in the study will include up to 100 students (treatment and comparison group combined) recruited from 2 private high schools in PGC, Maryland to include Capital Christian Academy (Lanham, Maryland) and Bishop McNamara High School (Forestville, Maryland).


High school-aged youth


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