Comprehensive Community Planning is a model that emphasizes prevention, intervention, community-building, and a reliance on data and research as the basis for an approach to solving community problems such as adult or youth crime, violence, and gangs.
The main features of Community Planning and Needs Assessment are:
- Community support for community-based planning that is data-driven, is founded on research-based best practices, and encourages multi-agency collaboration.
- Dissemination of information on best policies and practices, methods that assist communities in making effective implementation decisions, and appropriate monitoring of the success of program and policy innovations.
- Inclusion of all community perspectives in the planning process.
NCCD has provided training and technical assistance in scores of communities across the nation as part of the Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCCD has facilitated community-based planning on youth violence prevention for the Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Oakland and San Francisco, California, in Waipahu on the island of Oahu, and for the County of Hawai`i.
A variation of this model is the California Cities Gang Prevention Network, in which NCCD works with 13 cities in California to reduce gang violence and victimization. The mayor, chief of police, and three other representatives of each city meet and communicate via conference call and in person at conferences; share successful violence prevention, intervention, and suppression strategies and community mobilization strategies; and embrace new ideas presented in the Network. With the relationships growing and strengthening among Network cities, city teams are providing direct support and assistance with the development of comprehensive action plans.
NCCD offers community planning for counties to implement realignment in California that has been triggered by overcrowding in state prisons. Counties are now responsible for new offenders involving non-serious, non-violent, and non-sex offenders who were previously subject to prison sentences, parole, and supervision by the state of California.