National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps (NSF I-Corps)

The Domestic Violence Treatment Knowledge Bank (2015-2016)

The National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps program (NSF I-Corps), is a public-private partnership that teaches grantees to identify entrepreneurial opportunities that emerge from academic research. A team from CVR participated in the program, developing a capacity-building platform for domestic violence service providers, titled "The Domestic Violence Knowledge Bank." The project was driven by an intensive 7-week curriculum on entrepreneurship and required team members to conduct over 90 customer discovery interviews with relevant professionals across the United States. 

The I-Corps project was informed by previous research at CVR, including collaboration with local criminal justice systems, treatment providers, victim advocates, and community members to develop alternative interventions for working with domestic violence offenders. The nascent knowledge bank was designed in response to interview feedback received throughout the I-Corps program, with the intention of increasing the understanding and accessibility of empirically informed treatment options among court systems and service providers.

I-Corps team members included Principal Investigator Dr. Briana Barocas, Entrepreneurial Lead Jade Borgeson, Director of Programs Danielle Emery, and Industry Mentor Cosmo Fujiyama, Program Director at the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.

To learn more about this project and to sign up to receive updates, please visit the Domestic Violence Knowledge Bank website.