Model Program

Responding in Peaceful and Positive Ways (RIPP)

Prevention Opportunities, LLC
12458 Ashland Vineyard Lane
Ashland, VA 23005

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Contact Information:
Wendy B. Northup
Director
804.261.8547
nor@co.henrico.va.us

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Rural
Suburban

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Responding in Peaceful and Positive Ways (RIPP) is a three-year, school-based, violence prevention program designed to provide students in middle and junior high schools with conflict resolution strategies and skills. The goal of the program is to promote nonviolence in the school setting by teaching students more effective ways of dealing with interpersonal conflicts than fighting, and by lowering the number of violent incidents in school settings. Students learn to apply critical thinking skills and personal management strategies to personal health and well-being issues.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Bullying/Violence, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Community factors

  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Achievement of program outcomes requires a three-year complete implementation of the program. Three published studies have examined the effectiveness of RIPP using random assignment of students or classes. Follow-up data ranged from one to two years post-intervention. In comparison with control students, students who participated in RIPP have shown: fewer school disciplinary code violations for violent behaviors, fewer in-school suspensions, fewer fight-related injuries, and lower frequencies of aggression.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level