Research and Evaluation for Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP)
The U-M Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention (UM-IFIP) will work with the Michigan State Police to lead evidence-based violence prevention research and a state-wide outcome evaluation of all community violence intervention (CVI) Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP) grantees to help ensure meaningful progress toward the overall goal of the Byrne SCIP to prevent and reduces gun violence across the state of Michigan.
As authorized by the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP) provides formula funds to implement state crisis intervention court proceedings and related programs or initiatives. These include, but are not limited to, extreme risk protection order (ERPO) programs that work to keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others, mental health courts, drug courts, and veterans treatment courts.
To reduce the prevalence of firearm violence in the state of Michigan, the Michigan State Police (MSP), Grants and Community Services Division, will administer the Byrne SCIP through awards focusing on the following topics: (1) parent, youth, and victim services firearm violence reduction education and outreach, (2) judicial threat assessment training, (3) healthcare behavioral threat assessment training, and (4) ballistic identification technology projects with law enforcement, prosecutor, healthcare, behavioral health, and community partners.
To assess the overall effectiveness of the funded community violence intervention (CVI) programming across the state, the University of Michigan Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention (UM-IFIP) will work with the MSP to lead a state-wide outcome evaluation of all CVI Byrne SCIP grantees. UM-IFIP will collaborate with the MSP to develop individualized needs assessments and evaluation plans for each project partner. UM-IFIP will provide continuous tailored technical assistance for each project partner. This may include assistance with identifying best practices, creating measurement instruments, establishing surveys of individual respondents and online tools for data collection, identifying administrative data that could be used for evaluation, and helping guide data analysis. UM-IFIP will also help develop strategies to overcome barriers to program implementation to help ensure meaningful progress toward the overall goal of firearm violence prevention and reduction across the state of Michigan.