National governments and international bodies consistently highlight a lack of evidence of what works in preventing violent extremism (PVE) as a challenge to building support for PVE policies, programmes, and resources. RUSI-led work in phase 1 of the Prevention Project identified over 1,000 civil society organisations (CSOs) working in the field of PVE in approximately 100 countries. Yet, few PVE interventions have been evaluated publicly, and empirical research on the impact of PVE is limited.
This evidence gap will not be filled by a single project. However, with support from the Royal Norwegian Government, and building on research conducted during phase I of the Prevention Project and as a contribution to the Global Solutions Exchange, RUSI will help address it through the development of a global PVE impact database that will seek to capture information on all known PVE civil society-led interventions as a basis for a global meta-evaluation of the impact of PVE intervention.