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Terrorism Prevention

The Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terrorism prevention mission by conducting applied research, evaluation, and integrating scientifically derived knowledge to inform policy and programs throughout the Homeland Security Enterprise.

What terrorism prevention resources does S&T offer?

In conjunction with the Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention, S&T develops wide-ranging resources for government and local partners to (a) support our understanding of individual motives for engaging in, and disengaging from violent extremism, (b) develop and assist locally-tailored interventions with local partners, and (c) evaluate the effectiveness of terrorism prevention activities and policies.

  • Research products: Wide ranging evidence-based products from projects designed to build foundational knowledge of the nature of the threat, and effective responses.
  • Fact sheets: Provide key information about issues relevant to terrorism prevention for government, law enforcement, local communities, stakeholders, international partners and more.
  • Evaluations: Rigorous evaluations of terrorism prevention programs and policies across the Homeland Security Enterprise using behavioral and social science methodologies.

S&T also transitions, to the public, data tools that provide insights into violent extremism. These resources focus on three areas:

Featured Content

News Release: S&T Develops Terrorism Prevention Research Findings Dashboard
Sept. 28, 2018 -- To counter the continually growing and changing threat of violent extremism, DHS S&T has developed a free and publicly accessible research findings dashboard that hosts more than 1,500 cataloged terrorism prevention and countering violent extremism research documents. This dashboard is an agile, multi‑disciplinary knowledge‑based capability that helps to systematically develop a landscape of the existing research in this topic area across multiple disciplines, including social and behavioral science.

News Release: S&T Develops the First Line of Defense Against Acts of Targeted Violence
Aug. 28, 2018 -- Since 2010, the U.S. government has invested more than $20 million into understanding all forms of radicalization to violence, as well as effective prevention and intervention measures. Federal agencies such as the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) are at the forefront of this work.


Last Updated: 05/17/2023
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