This report asks, “Does CVE work?” In elaborating a response, the report provides a brief primer on countering violent extremism (CVE), which is often criticized for lacking coherence as a field. It reviews publicly available evaluation research on CVE to derive lessons from the past, which pertain to governmental efforts to engage communities for the purpose of CVE. It analyzes how those evaluations and related efforts to learn from experience have impacted the evolution of CVE, which has, in general, become better focused on the risk of extremist behavior over time. In turn, the report reviews the state of the art in evaluating CVE measures and makes the case for systematizing the understanding and practice of CVE.
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