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Research and Evaluation on School Safety: Perceptions of State School Safety Center Supports and Services

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33 pages

This third report in a series on State School Safety Centers presents information on those Centers’ characteristics, practices, structures, and services with the goal of enabling stakeholders and policymakers to better understand and identify their perceived impacts as well as to provide models for replication and expansion of services.


This report is the third in a series that highlights findings from an evaluation of State School Safety Centers (SSSCs); it builds on the first two reports to explore the perceived impacts and outcomes associated with SSSCs from the perspectives of a variety of key partners, including policymakers, superintendents, principals, school resource officers (SROs), and others involved in each state’s school safety efforts and who engage with their states’ SSSC services. This report uses data from interviews with key stakeholders involved in school safety efforts in each state, along with a survey of superintendents and principals in states with an SSSC; it presents the survey findings collectively, and examines their broader implications for the awareness and impact of SSSCs. This report presents the researchers’ methodology, including research questions, and stakeholder interviews and surveys; it presents survey results on awareness of SSSC, engagement with activities, use and perceptions of SSSC resources and services, overall impacts and key successes, and opportunities for improvement. The report includes four appendixes, including: Number of Stakeholder Participants by State; Frequency of Engagement with SSSC Materials, Resources, or Products by Role; Perceptions of Statewide Professional Network Engagement with SSSC by Role; and Stakeholder Use of SSSC Services by Role.

Date Published: January 1, 2023