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Weed and Seed Initiative

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Community Capacity Development Office - Weed and seed inplimentation manual - CCDO 2005

"This manual is intended to be an easy to read guide for communities attempting to implement a Weed and Seed strategy. It must be provided to each new site that is Officially Recognized or funded by the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO). This manual is not intended to mandate that everything it discusses must be included in every Weed and Seed site. Rather, it offers the ideal toward which sites should strive."



Developing a sustainability plan for weed and seed - DOJ 2005

"This publication provides Weed and Seed sites with recommendations for developing and implementing a sustainability plan. Checklists and worksheets have been included to guide the site coordinator and Steering Committee in developing this plan. Ideally, each site should develop a sustainability plan within the first 2 years of becoming a designated Weed and Seed site. Steering Committees for sites that are nearing the end of their Weed and Seed designation but have not developed a plan can use this publication to consider what steps should be taken to successfully identify and integrate the resources needed to support the longterm strategy for the community."



Evaluation of operation Weed and Seed Wilmington Deleware from 2001 thru 2004 - Harris 2005

"Operation Weed and Seed has a long history in the City of Wilmington. When the Weed and Seed strategy and goals were adhered to, reported crime and arrests for violent and drug related crimes decreased significantly and residents reported an increase in their sense of safety and an improved quality of life. This level of success was most apparent in 1992 and 1993 when Weed and Seed was first implemented in the city’s Hilltop and West Center City neighborhoods. The Eastside Substance Abuse Awareness Program (ESAAP), a predecessor of Weed and Seed that used a similar strategy, was also attributed with reducing drug related crime in the city’s Eastside neighborhood during the late 1980’s and early 1990s."



Lincoln_County_Weed_and_Seed: An implimentation evaluation of a rural crime prevention project - Shaler 2004

"The goal of the Lincoln County Weed and Seed Project is to prevent and reduce crime in this rural Maine county. To accomplish this goal, Weed and Seed partners, including social service agency members and community citizens, focus their efforts on increasing the capacity of law enforcement to reduce crime. Lincoln County has successfully applied for official recognition as a Weed and Seed site, formed its organizational structure (including a Steering Committee), and begun formulating strategic initiatives for community policing and neighborhood restoration."



Evaluating a weed and seed strategy - Roehl 2002

"This brief report presents an abbreviated but step-by-step approach to a comprehensive local Weed and Seed evaluation. It has been written primarily for program administrators who are planning for a local
evaluation, working with a local evaluator, or launching a self-evaluation effort."



Virginia weed and seed program evaluation - Johnson et al 2000

"Virginia became active in the federal Weed and Seed project in 1992 when the City of Richmond was awarded federal funds to begin a local program. Richmond’s Weed and Seed project was the only such project funded in the state until 1997. At that time, Governor George Allen
introduced a state initiative to fund similar projects in other high-need localities. In May 1997, approximately $1 million in state grant funds was made available to Virginia localities for the first year of the Virginia Weed and Seed Initiative. In general, this program sought to improve
the quality of life for residents living in particularly distressed neighborhoods (DCJS, 1999a). Modeled after the U.S. Department of Justice’s Federal Weed and Seed initiative, the Virginia Weed and Seed project was in operation for three full years in the localities of Lynchburg, Norfolk, Winchester, and Petersburg."



Evaluation of weed and seed: A cross site analysis - Dunworth et al 1999

"Operation Weed and Seed represents an ambitious Federal, State, and local attempt to improve the quality of life in targeted high-crime areas of America’s cities. First launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1991, the program is designed to control violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime and to provide a safe environment in which residents can live, work, and raise their families."



National Institute of Justice - National evaluation of weed and seed - Dunworth and Mills 1999

"Discussed in this Brief: The National Evaluation of Operation
Weed and Seed, a strategy to control violent crime, drug trafficking,
and drug-related crime in targeted areas and to provide a safe environment for residents to live, work, and raise their families. From the initial three grant sites in 1991, Weed and Seed has grown to include 200 sites nationwide. The Weed and Seed programs in eight sites—Hartford, Connecticut; Manatee and Sarasota Counties, Florida; Shreveport, Louisiana; Las Vegas, Nevada; Akron, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Seattle, Washington—were selected for the national evaluation of their implementation and measurable effects on crime and public safety."



National evaluation of weed and seed: Las Vegas Nevada - Dunworth et al 1999

"Unveiled in 1991, Operation Weed and Seed represents an ambitious attempt to improve the quality of life in America’s cities. The ultimate goals of Weed and Seed are to control violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in targeted high-crime neighborhoods and to provide a safe environment, free of crime and drug use, in which law-abiding citizens can live, work, and raise their families. Weed and Seed, administered by the Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS), is
grounded in the philosophy that targeted areas can best be improved by a two-pronged strategy of “weeding” out violent offenders, drug traffickers, and other criminals by removing them from the targeted area and “seeding” the area with human services and neighborhood revitalization efforts. Community policing is intended to serve as the bridge between weeding and seeding."