SAI understands that our recommendations and work with clients must be backed by solid research and policy. That is why we give considerable attention and resources to creating a research base for the areas in which we propose solutions. Yet, SAI understands that a balance must be struck between pure data and its application to the pressing challenges clients face – combining solid research based conclusions with motivation to act. Many would call this Applied Research.
SAI experts have done years of research experience with an output of cutting edge outstanding papers and books on the subjects in which we are expert. Some have taken the form of actionable tool kits.
SAI educators have conducted training workshops and sessions for school districts and other community and state meetings. These have not only educated, but brokered relationships between diverse groups.
A sample of the projects is presented. See Recommended Resources for the full array of available research and educational resources.
Research on Alcohol and Drug Awareness and Prevention
The Be WISE Tool Kit — a multi-faceted program focused on preventing and reducing underage and problem drinking on college campuses. Here are solid facts on the results pertained when university officials, law enforcement, local government officials, beverage alcohol retailers and others to act in partnership to reduce underage and problem drinking and create a healthy learning environment in which students will excel. The kit provides educational materials to increase understanding of the issues related to underage and problem drinking, the challenges and the potential solutions. Here a solid foundation is created on which each of seven target populations can build successful strategies. In addition, it contains a general resource list of internet sites with helpful information to address underage and problem drinking.
Fatal Attraction by James Copple
The chapters combine current research on underage drinking with practical tools to address the issues.
Research on Juvenile Justice
The Implication of Adolescent Brain Development for Juvenile Justice. Those who work with youth know that adolescence is a period of gradual maturation. This research explores the implications of the lack of cognitive and emotional maturity in their judgment, problem-solving and decisions making capacities for policy and practice in juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.