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Impact & Success Stories

Who We Are: Launched in 2006 with the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE), PREVNet - the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network - is led by Scientific Director Dr. Wendy Craig of Queen’s University. It is a not-for-profit network of 130 leading Canadian research scientists, 145 graduate students and emerging scholars, 30 universities, and 62 national youth-serving organizations. Co-founded by Dr. Debra Pepler (Distinguished Researcher of Psychology, York University) and Dr. Wendy Craig in 2006, with Canada’s three Governor-Generals as patrons, our partnership model has flourished and we have established our reputation as Canada’s authority on research and resources for bullying prevention. Our partnership model is unique in the world – we know of no other country with a network of leading researchers and leading youth-serving partners who exchange knowledge on a national scale to promote the wellbeing of children. With partners’ dissemination channels, we have the capacity to reach every child, adult, and community in Canada.

The PREVNet Model of Knowledge Mobilization:  PREVNet’s funding mandate is to put scientific knowledge into action to stop bullying. With our partners, PREVNet is able to bridge the gap between academic research and public policy and practices. PREVNet has co-created more than 150 organization-specific bullying prevention initiatives. 

Our innovative model for knowledge mobilization involves collaborations on four strategy pillars, and has fostered PREVNet’s impact in Canada and the world

1. Education and Training

Although adults are well trained to monitor and supervise the children in their care, in working with our youth-serving organization partners, PREVNet discovered a gap in the available training and worked collaboratively to fill that gap. Learn more

2. Assessment and Evaluation

A healthy, positive school climate means students feel safe and included, are eager to learn, and are able to realize their academic potential. An essential first step for PREVNet was to develop a tool that would allow schools to assess their school environment. Learn more

3. Prevention and Intervention

Research shows most educators choose bullying prevention programs based on word of mouth, but 15% of these programs do more harm than good. That’s why PREVNet worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop an online collection of evidence-based violence prevention programs suitable for schools, community organizations, and other users. Learn more

4. Policy

Drs. Pepler and Craig conducted a trend analysis of the 2002, 2006, and 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) Health Behaviours of School-aged Children (HBSC) survey. Their findings are shaping national and provincial / territorial policies. Learn more

PREVNet's Impact in Canada and the World

In Canada and beyond, PREVNet is now recognized as the authoritative voice for the prevention of violence and the promotion of healthy relationships. Because of the work of Drs. Pepler and Craig and others in PREVNet, Canada is at the forefront with respect to bullying prevention initiatives − so much so that the PREVNet model is now being considered by other countries. Learn more

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