This project seeks to implement a citizen security program with a community approach in urban areas of the Department of Guatemala. The strategic objective of the project is to strengthen capacities to prevent violence, taking as a starting point the "Approach Model" (Modelo de Abordaje), a model approved by the Vice-Ministry for the Prevention of Violence and Crime. The Unit for Community Prevention of Violence (UPCV) will create a more participatory and inclusive version of the existing model by focusing on improving three phases of model. This includes the creation of new local prevention commissions, carrying out participatory security assessments, and developing Community Plans for Violence Prevention. To implement and evaluate this intervention, the UPCV will work with 60 communities: 30 randomly assigned to a control group that will receive no intervention and 30 assigned to a treatment group that will receive an improved version of the methodology. The new model is expected to motivate community involvement in the process of developing citizen security policies, thus increasing citizen ownership of the process. This will enhance the quality of the information available to UPCV and improve its ability to design preventive public policies, increasing confidence in the government and diminishing perceptions about insecurity in the treated communities. In the long term, the intervention seeks to improve local security levels.
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