Updated May 24, 2019

Tom Hare

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VIPRA measures individual, dynamic protective and risk factors for violence involvement to better target interventions, measure change, and evaluate programs to reduce all forms of violence. It has been thoroughly validated in Honduras (see link).

By quantifying dynamic characteristics such as emotional regulation, PTSD, resilience, and other factors, the tool provides a diagnostic to tailor interventions, and a measure to track change over time.
By quantifying dynamic characteristics such as emotional regulation, PTSD, resilience, and other factors, the tool provides a diagnostic to tailor interventions, and a measure to track change over time.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

VIPRA has been used for 2,500+ young adults among the general population in Honduras and adjusted to ensure validation and accuracy. We are now looking to scale within the justice system to better target interventions and predict recidivism.

Focus Areas:

Peace and Resilience and Rule of Law and Human Rights

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Implemented In:

Honduras

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Key Partner
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Country Implemented In
2,500
Customers

Problem

Many violence prevention programs target whole communities versus those most at risk within communities and their specific needs. The justice sector in developing countries does not have a system to determine appropriate alternative sentencing, especially for juveniles. Measuring change or impact in violence prevention is difficult at the individual level.

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Solution

The VIP-RA helps identify individuals at elevated risk, specifies those individuals' needs, informs alternative sentencing options, and measures change over time.

Target Beneficiaries

Young adults and their communities in Central America.

Mission and Vision

Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates.

Competitive Advantage

Though common in justice systems in more developed countries, risk assessment has not been integrated into prevention and rehabilitation programs in Central America. We have developed a tool and a system for adapting that tool that provides a validated measure to gauge risk across all important domains (individual, relationship, community).

Planned Goals and Milestones

Uptake in national justice systems (Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala), especially for alternative sentencing of juveniles.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted100
New Implemented CountriesGuatemala, El Salvador

The Team Behind the Innovation

Team includes Laura Miller-Graff (Psychology), Estela Rivero (Demography), Tom Hare (Public Policy), and Juan Carlos Guzman (Economics).

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Honduras