Criminology and Criminal Justice

GREAT Evaluation


In 2006, following a competitive peer review process, the National Institute of Justice awarded the University of Missouri - St. Louis funding to conduct the National Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program. The evaluation follows over 3,800 students in seven cities across the United States through six waves of data collection. The program evaluation began in 2006 and is scheduled to conclude in 2012.

Funding Award: $2,497,585

National G.R.E.A.T. Evaluation Grant Products

Evaluation Components:

  1. Annual student surveys
  2. Classroom observations
  3. Surveys of teachers and administrators
  4. Surveys of law enforcement officers
  5. Interviews with G.R.E.A.T. officers and G.R.E.A.T. supervisors
  6. Observations of G.R.E.A.T. Officer Training (G.O.T.)
  7. Observations of G.R.E.A.T. Family sessions.

National G.R.E.A.T. Evaluation Team:

Principal Investigator: Finn Esbensen, Ph.D Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Co-Investigators: D. Wayne Osgood, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
  Dana Peterson, Ph.D. University at Albany
Terrance J. Taylor, Ph.D. Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Site Managers: Dena Carson, Ph.D. Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis
Adrienne Freng, Ph.D. University of Wyoming
Kristy N. Matsuda, Ph.D. Univ. of Missouri-St. Louis

Research Assistants:

Mikh Gunderman

Sergio Olivares

Laura Hastings

Saundra Trujillo

Kristyn McCord

Mike Vecchio

Jeaneé Miller

Christina Watson

Hyon Namgung

Stephanie Wiley

G.R.E.A.T. program website:
National Gang Center website:
National Institute of Justice website:

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