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The SAfETy App

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Contract: 1R43CE003174-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43CE003174
Amount: $243,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NCIPC
Solicitation Number: PA19-272
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-09-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-09-29
Small Business Information
Durham, NC 27713-2565
United States
DUNS: 046981549
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 (919) 677-0102
Business Contact
Phone: (919) 677-0102
Research Institution

Demand for effective tools to ensure students are safe at school has increased as a result of high-profile school
shootings and a greater awareness of violence on school grounds. Current research underscores the importance
of school climate as an essential protective factor against violence. A positive school climate fosters student
engagement, academic performance, and mental health. Further, when school climate improves, suspensions,
office referrals, and violent and aggressive behaviors among students decrease. The goal of this SBIR is to
develop and test the School Assessment for Environmental Typography (SAfETy) software product for schools
and school districts. We will build on our team’s empirically validated school climate assessment instrument to
create a digital interactive tool that can be easily integrated with typical administrative ‘walkthrough’ procedures.
SAfETy will streamline collection of observations of the school’s physical and social environment, implement
algorithms to deliver data-driven climate improvement suggestions, and facilitate creation and monitoring of
corrective action plans to address climate concerns. In Phase I, we will create a software prototype and conduct
user-centered tests with target end users (e.g., school administrators) to determine feasibility of the proposed
SAfETy product. Phase I quantitative and qualitative data will be used to inform the Phase II Randamp;D plan. The end
result will be a rigorously tested new digital solution to help school personnel improve school climate and safety
and address a legal requirement for reporting that schools currently have but for which few tools exist. The
proposed SAfETy product will also address a significant public health need for feasible and effective tools to
improve school safety and will offer an innovative scalable technology solution to the substantial school district
market of more than 132,000 independent governing agencies.Narrative
A positive school climate has been linked to improved student engagement, academic self-concept, mental
health and standardized test results. Additionally, it has been associated with a breadth of student behavioral
outcomes that are related to achievement and safety, including absenteeism, truancy, dropout, suspension, drug
use, and violent and aggressive behavior. The proposed SBIR project will directly address the need for a data-
driven decision making tool that can be easily administered and support effective corrective actions to improve
school climate and reduce violence.

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