As governments across the world have sought innovative responses to evolving terrorist threats, many have advanced a range of preventive measures designed to reduce the appeal of extremist ideas and build individual and community resilience. The emergence of countering violent extremism (CVE) measures in many countries is among the most significant developments in counterterrorism in the last decade. In light of this, it is timely to take stock of the global experience with CVE to date and to ask whether and under what conditions CVE “works.”

To understand the effects and effectiveness of CVE measures, the Global Center, with support from Public Safety Canada through its Kanishka Project, convened an expert workshop in Ottawa during 8–9 April 2015. The workshop brought together a select group of CVE practitioners and researchers from across the world to reflect on their experience in implementing and evaluating CVE measures and to identify lessons learned through past evaluations of CVE measures with a view to integrating them into planning and developing CVE initiatives in the future. Speakers shared their experiences in implementing and evaluating CVE programs at the national level, such as in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and by civil society groups in Germany, Pakistan, and the United States. Discussions at the workshop will inform a digest of CVE practice to be produced by the Global Center and will serve as an illustrative guide for practitioners in implementing and evaluating CVE programs.

The workshop was organized as part of the Global Center’s current project on evaluating counterterrorism and CVE programming.

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