- The evaluation of countering violent extremism (CVE) programs gives policymakers valuable insight about the effectiveness of programming, however, only the most rigorous research designs enable practitioners to test their programs reliably, but these are often the most challenging and costly research designs to implement.
- There are multiple reasons why individuals and groups resort to terrorism, it is difficult for practitioners to both design CVE programming that will reduce the threat and choose outcome measures to evaluate.
- Practitioners need to take advantage of recent advances in research on the radicaliza- tion process in which researchers started to identify common pathways toward the use of terrorism. CVE practitioners and policy makers can use this information to design preventive CVE programming and to develop outcome measures to analyze.
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