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IIRP Library & Resources
Our Librarian is a helpful and knowledgeable member of our faculty who ensures we offer a variety of services: a catalog of the holdings (composed of books, reports and audiovisual material) at the Bethlehem campus library, access to public and subscription databases, an interlibrary loan service, writing resources, guidance in citing sources and access to the physical library collection (open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
To support scholarship and practitioners the following services are available:
- The IIRP Library offers a catalog of in-house online holdings and research tools
- Resources for school implementation
- Purchase books, DVDs, and educational items through the IIRP Bookstore
- Our News Page provides educational content, news and announcements, with more than 15 years of archived searchable stories and videos from the IIRP
Our faculty and instructors are leading some of the most important civil society projects and research happening today. Through partnerships with leading universities, think tanks, and policy institutes, the IIRP is helping to set the agenda for social change in the 21st century. Our faculty have participated in multi-year research projects studying the efficacy of restorative practices, working with leading institutions:
- The National Institutes of Health has supported a randomized controlled study by RAND Corporation, measuring the effectiveness of restorative practices in influencing school environments and decreasing problem behaviors in seven middle schools in Maine.
- The U.S. Department of Justice has funded Pursuing Equitable Restorative Communities, a randomized controlled study by RAND Corporation, in half of Pittsburgh, PA’s, 50 public schools, evaluating the impact of restorative practices on school safety and climate.
- Rutgers University’s Anne Gregory, Ph.D., headed the study The Promise of Restorative Practices to Transform Teacher-Student Relationships and Achieve Equity in School Discipline, which demonstrated the promise of restorative practices in narrowing the racial discipline gap.
- Johns Hopkins University School of Education has conducted a three-year randomized study in 15 schools nationwide, evaluating the impact of restorative practices on reducing discipline disparities and suspension, arrest and expulsion rates in high poverty-area middle and high schools with significant proportions of students of color.
- WestEd, a nonprofit research agency, was funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in:
- What Further Research is Needed on Restorative Justice in Schools?, describing practices, successes and challenges in implementing restorative practices as an alternative to traditional responses to student misbehavior in U.S. K–12 schools.
- Restorative justice in U.S. schools: Summary Findings from interviews with experts, focusing on how practitioners are integrating restorative practices into their schools as an alternative to traditional responses to student misbehavior.
- Penn State University’s EPISCenter collected data for youth at CSF Buxmont schools (IIRP model programs) who completed Aggression Replacement Training®. Data were analyzed for aggression and cognitive distortion reductions and social skills improvements and compared with that of other Aggression Replacement Training® sites across Pennsylvania.
- The IIRP’s Continuing Education division has compiled data on the impact of restorative practices on misbehavior and suspensions in schools implementing restorative practices across the world: Improving School Climate, 2014; Improving School Climate, 2009.
The IIRP faculty lead our model programs, Community Service Foundation and Buxmont Academy (CSF Buxmont). There, they continually evaluate outcomes in the fields of human services, including youth services, family engagement and education.
IIRP graduate students perform action research, bringing their external experience into the classroom and expanding the application of restorative practices to many spheres of society, including justice, the workplace, social services, healthcare and education.