DSG is recognized nationally for its research and evaluation work in criminology and behavioral health.
Below are a few examples of videos which DSG has been involved with over the years.

DSG Videos

March 2021

Safe and Thriving Initiative Video

Safe and Thriving Initiative (Youth Violence Prevention)

Safe and Thriving Initiative Video. While onsite at the October 2019 “OJJDP Grantee Meeting: Comprehensive Approaches to Gang Violence Prevention and Suppression,” the DSG team coordinated video interviews with teams of two representatives from each of the four Safe and Thriving Communities sites (Anne Arundel County, Md.; Cumberland County, N.J.; Richmond, Va.; and St. Louis, Mo.) as an opportunity to document the successes in the early stages of their local Safe and Thriving efforts. In coordination with OJJDP, DSG prepared nine interview questions about the sites’ community collaboratives and their initial impact on youth in their communities, and moderated the filming. DSG contracted with a professional videographer, Origin Stories, which edited the roughly 40 minutes of raw interview footage, enhanced the audio and visual quality, and added supplemental local photos provided by the sites, transitions, and captions to produce an 8-minute Safe and Thriving Communities Initiative video that both OJJDP and the grantee sites can use to promote their efforts and gain local support for their initiatives.

NREPP Videos

June 12, 2017

Bridging Different Ways of Knowing: Funding Traditional Practices for Navajo Combat Veterans

June 12, 2017

Frameworks for Success

June 12, 2017

Complementarity: Practice-Based Evidence and Evidence-Based Practice


NREPP Learning Center Videos

November 7, 2016

Preventing Youth Substance Use Through Intergenerational Mentoring, ft. Dr. Andrea Taylor

November 7, 2016

Anxiety, Trauma, and How Prolonged Exposure Therapy Works for PTSD, ft. Dr. Edna Foa

November 7, 2016

Developing the Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention, ft. Dr. Joan Asarnow


July 11, 2016

Defending Childhood Initiative Recognition Video

July 11, 2016

National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Recognition Video

July 11, 2016

Community-Based Violence Prevention Initiative Recognition Video


In spring 2016, DSG and its partners developed initiative-specific videos that attempted to capture the wide ranging and forceful work happening across OJJDP’s three youth violence prevention (YVP) initiatives: the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (“the Forum”), Community-Based Violence Prevention (CBVP), and Defending Childhood initiatives. These included onsite video testimonials from site directors, mayors, outreach workers, public health officials, law enforcement officers, youths, and others in YVP cities throughout the country that demonstrate how the Forum, CBVP, and Defending Childhood work has positively affected communities and enhanced their existing efforts. These three videos, at 5 minutes each, were displayed at the 2016 National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence: A Hopeful Future—Sustaining Our Work to End Youth Violence, in recognition of the transformational work of the Department of Justice and others involved in the work.

In 2020, DSG began its GTTAC Speaker Series, which bridges its two counterterrorism projects: keeping a database of all terrorism acts globally for the U.S. Department of State and studying far-right domestic terrorists in the United States for the National Institute of Justice.

February 11, 2021

Approaching Counterterrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa in the COVID–19 Era—The Case of ISIS in Central and West Africa

Presented by David Otto

David Otto is a scholar in international counterterrorism and organized crime. He is an active consultant, trainer, and capacity-building specialist for NATO, the United Nations, U.S. Africa Command, the U.S. Department of Defense, and other corporate bodies on trend analysis of Africa Terror Networks. He is a pioneer expert for the Interpol Global Counter Terrorism Strategy set up by a group of five globally accredited subject-matter experts. He contributes toward the shaping of the Africa Counter Terrorism Strategy in the Sahel, Lake Chad Basin, Great Lakes, and Horn of Africa. He was the lead consultant for counterterrorism program design for Global Risk International UK Ltd. He has researched Africa terror networks for the past 15 years and developed an enormous network on the continent. He is a Certified Master Antiterrorism Specialist and Certified Financial Crime Examiner for the Antiterrorism Accreditation Board. He also is a Visiting Professor at East China University of Political Science and Law Institute of Strategic Studies.

December 17, 2020

Terrorists, Technology, Tactics: Understanding How Violent Nonstate Actors Engage in Organizational Learning

Presented by Dr. Daveed Gartenstein–Ross

Dr. Gartenstein–Ross is a scholar, practitioner, author of more than 25 books and monographs, and entrepreneur who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Valens Global. The International Herald Tribune has described him as “a rising star in the counterterrorism community.” In 2019, he led Valens Global’s efforts to support the drafting, threat assessment, and crafting of priority actions for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence, which was released in September 2019 and has subsequently guided DHS’s approach to confronting terrorism and other forms of substate violence. That document has received widespread acclaim, with the New York Times editorializing that the document “focuses unapologetically on right-wing terrorism, particularly white supremacist extremism,” which constitutes “a shift that is both urgently needed and long overdue.”

November 6, 2020

Terrorism in the Time of the Pandemic


Presented by Dr. Rohan Gunaratna

Dr. Gunaratna is Professor of Security Studies and founder of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He served as a counterterrorism instructor for GIGN, CTSO, D88, U.S. Navy SEALs, the Swiss Federal Police, the New York Police Department, and the Australian Federal Police. He has conducted field research in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Israel, Kashmir, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. Author and editor of 20 books including Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of  Terror, Gunaratna is also the lead author of Jane’s Counter Terrorism, a handbook for counterterrorism practitioners.