Violence Prevention in Austrian Schools: Implementation and Evaluation of a National Strategy

  • Christiane Spiel
  • Petra Wagner University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria
  • Dagmar Strohmeier University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria


A qualitative study of Austria’s national strategy against violence in the public school system introduced in 2008. The national strategy developed by researchers consists of six activity domains with specific goals and projects defined for each. The evaluation (1) analyzes how the realized projects contributed to the six activity domains, (2) evaluates the national strategy at a general level, and (3) provides future recommendations. Eight members of the steering committee were interviewed at two points in the implementation process. The systematic interviews were coded according to the goals of the activity domains. According to the interviewees most of the projects have been satisfactorily implemented. Networking and cooperation with the different actors in the field of violence prevention and cooperation among steering committee members have been improved. However, the national strategy has not achieved the intended public recognition. The lessons learned from the evaluation and its results are discussed.

Author Biography

Christiane Spiel

Chair Bildung-Psychology and Evaluation

Head of Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, Economy

Faculty of Psychology, University of Vienna

Focus: Evidence-Based Developmental Prevention of Youth Violence and Bullying...