In the Community Resilience Initiatives (CRI) program, we guide and support communities in building and expanding resilience to challenges that threaten to undermine their safety priorities. CHHS-CRI understands the unique nature of violence that is influenced or encouraged by any type of ideology. We also recognize the pitfalls that can accompany securitized approaches to prevention of this societal threat. In response to growing need, CHHS-CRI has developed a customizable prevention framework known as C.O.R.E. (Communities Organized for Resilience and Empowerment).
The CORE framework is designed to be an efficient and highly-functional expansion of infrastructure capabilities. CORE merges evidence-informed research with emergency preparedness and collective impact methodologies to assist localities in implementing sustainable community-based and community-led education and intervention strategies and modalities. It is ideologically-agnostic and absolutely apolitical.
Guided by the principles of ENGAGEMENT, EDUCATION, and COLLABORATION, the CORE methodology leverages existing community assets to expand a locality’s capacity to responsibly and respectfully address dynamics that contribute to the threat of ideologically-influenced violence.
Some unique aspects of the CORE framework include:
- CHHS-CRI and non-governmental partner organizations identify and provide informational and logistical support to local organizations to establish sustainable growth of prevention systems
- Tiered and interactive workshops taught by experts in the fields of domestic terrorism, social work, and threat assessment provide a strong knowledge base that unifies understandings of potential threat dynamics and responsible community-led response options
- Extensive, evidence-informed curriculum and 300-page companion workbook regarding the dynamics of ideologically-influenced violence, bystander intervention, and supports for disengaging from ideologies that condone the use of violence
- Short and long term framework implementation consultation, including drills, tabletop exercises, after action reports, and evaluation
- Copyrighted software incorporates multi-disciplinary and research-based resilience indicators to assist in developing desk assessments of locality assets and interconnectedness
- CHHS-CRI staff methodically and authentically engage community stakeholders, developing strategy-informing field assessments that incorporate protocols vetted by institutions such as FEMA, the U.S. Institute for Peace, and the Urban Institute