Operationalizing Evidence-Based School Safety Programs

A photo of multiple members of a team working together in front of a computer (Webinar: Operationalizing Evidence-Based School Safety Programs)This webinar occurred on February 24, 2021. It is available on-demand through the Enroll Now button.

As school communities look to review and update their safety practices and programs, leaders often hear that it is important to implement evidence-based programs. However, without a clear framework for properly assessing current school efforts, needs, and the identification of evidence-based school safety programs, it can be an overwhelming task. But it does not have to be.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to find programs that are not only credible and effective, but that are feasible and sustainable in their school setting. Presenters will examine current evidence-based program resources, discuss the importance of conducting a needs assessment, and review what action steps leaders can take and the pitfalls they should avoid.

This webinar is part one of a three-part series on school safety program planning and implementation.

Learning Objectives

  • Assess your school’s needs as it relates to school safety.
  • Understand how to find a program that best fits your needs.
  • Create action steps to put the program into practice.


  • Rachel Masi, PhD, Director of Research at Sandy Hook Promise
  • Justin Heinze, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health

Continuing Education Credit

This webinar is offered for an NCSS certificate of completion.

Planning Committee

Rachel Masi, PhD; Justin Heinze, PhD; Phoebe Kulik, MPH, CHES; Brent Miller, MA

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1 hr.

Topic Areas

Capacity Building, Comprehensive School Safety Plans

Crisis Timeline

Prevention Planning


Law Enforcement & First Responders, Mental Health Professionals, School Personnel



Rachel Masi, PhD
Rachel Masi, PhD
Subject Expert: Notification Technology, Mental Health/Violence Prevention
Justin Heinze, PhD
Justin Heinze, PhD
Co-Principal Director, NCSS