In 2006, following a competitive peer review process, the National Institute of Justice awarded the University of Missouri - St. Louis funding to conduct the National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The evaluation follows over 3,800 students in seven cities across the United States through six waves of data collection. The program evaluation began in 2006 and concluded in 2012.
Funding Award: $2,497,585

National G.R.E.A.T. Evaluation Grant Products

Evaluation Components:
  1. Annual student surveys
  2. Classroom observations
  3. Surveys of teachers and administrators
  4. Surveys of law enforcement officers
  5. Interviews with G.R.E.A.T. officers and G.R.E.A.T. supervisors
  6. Observations of G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (G.O.T.)
  7. Observations of G.R.E.A.T. Family sessions.

National G.R.E.A.T. Evaluation Team:
Principal Investigator:
Finn Esbensen, Ph.D
Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
D. Wayne Osgood, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University
Dana Peterson, Ph.D.
University at Albany
Terrance J. Taylor, Ph.D.
Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Site Managers:
Dena Carson, Ph.D.
Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Adrienne Freng, Ph.D.
University of Wyoming
Kristy N. Matsuda, Ph.D.
Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis

Research Assistants:
Mikh Gunderman
Sergio Olivares
Laura Hastings
Saundra Trujillo
Kristyn McCord
Mike Vecchio
Jeaneé Miller
Christina Watson
Hyon Namgung
Stephanie Wiley

G.R.E.A.T. program website:
National Gang Center website:
National Institute of Justice website:

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