The Department of National Security is presently in the process of implementing the CariSECURE project, formally titled “Strengthening Evidence Based Decision Making for Citizen Security in the Caribbean”. This project represents a partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The objective of the CariSECURE project is to support the Caribbean in improving its formal institutional capacity for evidenced based decision making to reduce youth crime and violence by developing its data collection and analysis capacities related to crime and violence. The essential goal of CariSECURE is to decrease the incidence of youth crime and violence through policy-making and programming throughout the Southern and Eastern Caribbean region.
The CariSECURE project advances citizen security data management, analysis and monitoring for reduction of crime and violence in Caribbean countries. Through reporting on citizen security patterns, the project converts quantitative data into valuable qualitative information, which then enables public servants the ability to generate data-driven results. The project relies on the ideas of intervention logic by focusing on problem prevention rather than addressing the problem after it occurs.
Identifying the problem, recognizing the risk factors, developing preventive strategies and adopting the preventive strategies are the four essential steps of intervention logic.
CariSECURE is one of three components of the broader USAID Youth Empowerment Services (YES) and aims to strengthen the capacity of regional and national institutions to collect, analyze and use citizen security data to develop evidence-based policies and programs that effectively target risk factors which drive youth violence, crime and victimization. To date, CariSECURE has initiated several key activities towards strengthening citizen security data management and policy-making across the region, including the development of a proposed Citizen Security Data Collection Protocol and a proposed Caribbean Composite Citizen Security Indicator Framework (CCSIF). A total of ten (10) Caribbean Countries are involved in this project.