One of our central premises is that readiness is applicable to multiple settings and multiple innovations. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has generously funded research into how readiness can be measured, built, and used in decision-making process across FOUR distinct projects, bound together by a common thread of enhancing the tangible application of readiness.
Relationships between police and marginalized communities have a long history of tension in the United States. Research indicates that marginalized communities, especially low-income, minority populations, experience the greatest distrust in police. This distrust is grounded in generations of adverse police experience, such as those experienced during the Civil Rights movement, and are magnified by recent highly publicized shootings of unarmed individuals of color. These events have been associated with heightened trauma in minority communities. Overall, the strained relationships restrict access to resources needed for building community safety and reduce well-being among marginalized populations.
With the support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Serve & Connect* and the Wandersman Center are seeking to develop and test a model for fostering police and community partnerships that is based on a readiness x relationships framework
Some work we did about as year ago in Himchal Pradesh, India was nominated for Best Poster at this year's NIH Dissemination and Implementation Conference. This was the first time that the then-named Readiness Monitoring Tool (now the RDT) was used cross-culturally. Since this work concluded, we have also applied readiness concepts in French and Thai-speaking settings.
Also, we didn't win.
However, you can check out the results below. We've also added a four-page handout to our tools section that goes into a little more depth on this work.