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ERIC Number: EJ1013552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4391
Lessons from the Trenches: Meeting Evaluation Challenges in School Health Education
Young, Michael; Denny, George; Donnelly, Joseph
Journal of School Health, v82 n11 p528-535 Nov 2012
Background: Those involved in school health education programs generally believe that health-education programs can play an important role in helping young people make positive health decisions. Thus, it is to document the effects of such programs through rigorous evaluations published in peer-reviewed journals. Methods: This paper helps the reader understand the context of school health program evaluation, examines several problems and challenges, shows how problems can often be fixed, or prevented, and demonstrates ways in which challenges can be met. A number of topics are addressed, including distinguishing between curricula evaluation and evaluation of outcomes, types of evaluation, identifying stakeholders in school health evaluation, selection of a program evaluator, recruiting participants, design issues, staff training, parental consent, instrumentation, program implementation and treatment fidelity, participant retention, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, presentation of results, and manuscript preparation and submission. Results: Although there is a lack of health-education program evaluation, rigorous evaluations that have been conducted have, at least in some cases, led to wider dissemination of effective programs. Conclusions: These suggestions will help those interested in school health education understand the importance of evaluation and will provide important guidelines for those conducting evaluations of school health-education programs. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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