Editor's Note: Evaluating the High Point Intervention

Sidebar to the article Drugs, Race and Common Ground: Reflections on the High Point Intervention by David Kennedy

In 2006, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to evaluate the intervention in High Point, N.C. The researchers are:

  • Documenting the process that occurred in High Point.
  • Tracking the intervention's quantitative and qualitative outcomes.
  • Conducting a cost-benefit analysis.

Preliminary results are promising: The researchers have found that in the four years since the intervention was implemented in one High Point neighborhood, for example, violent crime has declined an average of 39 percent and drug crime has declined 30 percent. The final results from the evaluation are expected this spring. For more information, see NIJ topic pages on Gun Violence Prevention Strategies.

Here are additional resources related to the High Point Intervention:

  • The Bureau of Justice Assistance, one of the NIJ's sister agencies, offers training and technical assistance for local jurisdictions interested in implementing the High Point model in their communities to combat open-air drug markets and associated crime. For more information, see www.psn.gov.
  • Through a cooperative agreement between the Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the National Urban League, the High Point model has been replicated in Providence, R.I. A resource publication for law enforcement that details the efforts in both High Point and Providence will be available later this year.
Date Created: March 24, 2009