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Youth violence can be prevented, and there are many effective strategies that likely fit with your team, your goals, and your community. The STRYVE Strategy Selector Tool in this section gives you access to strategies that have prevented youth violence or changed risk and protective factors for youth violence in other communities.

The key to using this tool is understanding your team’s capacity and choosing strategies that line up with your community’s specific needs, challenges, and resources.

“A lot of times communities can find a proven program that is already developed. They don’t have to recreate the wheel… There are things that are (already) out there that people should be doing.

- Valerie, Community Leader (Houston)

If you’re ready to start choosing strategies, launch the STRYVE Strategy Selector Tool.

If you’re interested in learning more about who to include on your team, exploring your team’s capacity, or focusing your efforts, explore Our Team or Our Community.

Selecting Evidence-Based Strategies

Learn why selecting evidence-based strategies can help prevent youth violence.

Transcript with Audio Descriptor


A strategy is considered “evidence-based” when research has shown the strategy to be effective, meaning that the strategy resulted in the changes it was designed to achieve. By using strategies that have already demonstrated effectiveness, you are giving your own efforts a better chance at success.

Strategies in our STRYVE Strategy Selector Tool were included because they showed evidence of effectiveness for preventing youth violence or affecting risk and protective factors associated with youth violence.

The STRYVE Strategy Selector Tool includes programs, policies, and practices most relevant for youth violence prevention. Scientists at CDC consulted a number of evidence-based registries to identify strategies with sufficient evidence that they can prevent youth violence or change related factors, could work in diverse communities, and had implementation materials and support so communities could use the strategies. Programs, practices, or policies not meeting these criteria were screened out. To learn more about how strategies were selected for inclusion, go here.

Data – like those you began collecting in Using Data – can provide a picture of youth violence in your community. Data can also highlight the strengths and resources your community has to prevent violence. Look for strategies that are in line with issues and opportunities revealed by the data your team have gathered about your community. Remember, you can visit your Dashboard anytime to review, edit, or add to the data you’ve collected.

When narrowing your strategy options, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • Was the strategy designed for a population similar to the one you’ve decided to focus on? (race, ethnicity, developmental stage, etc.)
  • Does this approach fill a need that other programs do not?
  • Can your team afford the cost of implementing the strategy?
  • Is it a good fit with your team’s strengths and capacity?
  • Will it require new training for your team or others involved in implementation? Do you have the time and resources for training?
  • Would residents support this strategy?
  • Would local officials support this strategy?

After you’ve selected your strategies, you’ll make a plan to implement the strategies by defining the activities you’ll need to complete.

In Outcomes, you’ll learn how to track the impact of your efforts by looking at the outcomes associated with your strategies.  You may not be able to show that your strategy has a direct impact on your youth violence problem right away, but changes in other outcomes may be signs that your strategy is achieving goals.

Remember, at any time you can see your progress and how all your work is coming together in Our Progress.