Public Safety

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The purpose of providing you with some messages and resources to accompany your Impact Calculator outcomes is to ensure you have the tools you need to effectively communicate your results and add even more value to the numbers presented in your final reports. Whether you have input data based on a single park, a region, or your entire park system, fashioning a message around your presentation is important. Presentations include anything that accompanies the report that you generated, whether in person or in writing.
Additionally, you will want to equip yourself with information to use in case you need to justify your outputs. If you have not already, check out the tips for making presentations or reports webpage.   

Resources are linked below. Under each heading you will find more information relative to the park and recreation profession. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Executive Office for more information. Additionally you can post ideas and questions on the FRPA Calculator eConnect Group.

State of Afterschool and Summer Learning in Florida
Presented by the Florida Afterschool Network, this resource offers a plethora of information relating to the time children spend in afterschool or out of school time activities. The maps available show afterschool sites that are available throughout the state and interactions with the Department of Juvenile Justice activity and Department of Children and Family Services.
How you can use these resources:
Make the connections where DOJJ and DCF activity is higher, there are possibly less sites offering afterschool care. Find your local information to report on. 

Your Local Police or Sheriff's Office
Make a contact within your local law enforcement office and talk with them about how the neighborhood that your community center or park would be different (for better or worse) than it is with your center/park there. Find out if there is historical data to show any drops in criminal activity that line up with a new center, feature, or program. 

Helping Kids Reach Their Full Potential [Afterschool Alliance]

After School: Still the Prime Time for Juvenile Crime in Florida [Council for a Strong America]
Keeping Kids Safe [MetLife Foundation]
State and National Law Enforcement Leaders Urge Investment in High Quality Afterschool Programs to Reduce Crime and Boost Public Safety in Florida and Beyond Press Release
Documentation confirming that when kids are not involved in afterschool programs they are more likely to be involved in risky behaviors.
How you can use these resources:
When communicating about how many children you have in your care during out of school time, use statistics to convey the importance of this time in your care by comparing it to what the kids could be doing.

How Parks Can Help Cities Fight Crime - know what people are saying and arm yourself with your local statistics. 

Listen to Your Participants
Your participants have unique stories about your park or facility. Ask for these, seek them out, and write them down. 

JAMA Pediatrics Association Between Swimming Lessons and Drowning in Childhood
Journal of American Medical Association
Paper with statistics reflecting an 88% reduction in drowning for children aged 1-4 years when formal swim lessons were participated in.

Links to resources used in the Calculator: 

Parks that offer spaces that are well-maintained, patrolled, and activated can have a positive impact on the public safety of the communities they are located in. Additionally, Parks that offer out-of-school time programming can help deter youth from engaging in risky behavior. Furthermore, Parks and Recreation is the leading provider of low-cost/free aquatics programming. These programs can help to lower drowning cases, which is one of leading causes of death for children ages one through four.

Resources

How you can use these resources:
Familiarize yourself with the background information related to the Calculations within the Environment Calculator. Using this information in your reporting will allow your audience to see the validity of the data you are presenting to them.
Additionally, use the data that "speaks" to your audience the most. 

Assets
Sample Press Release
Social Media
Calculator Icons:
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Property Values