Solutions: Measuring Success of School Wellness Policies

January 18, 2010

Solutions: Measuring Success of School Wellness Policies

A Healthy Kids Challenge view of measurement and evaluation when it comes to wellness…and one of our simple, every day, evidence based solutions.

What schools tell us:
The law doesn’t include any reporting requirements, so why should we evaluate? 
We don’t have time.

Research Confirms:
Measuring success is a major challenge.
 Most school districts do not have staff to measure and evaluate. Part of the challenge is lack of financial resources.

Solution: Measure simple successes – Celebrate! 
It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just take the HKC Call to Action survey to see where your school stands related to a healthy school environment, to create an action plan, track progress, and measure success – It’s a one-page measurement tool backed by solid CDC research.

Many schools are already measuring basic things like participation in the school lunch program and looking at a la carte sales. Others have nutrition or physical activity-related grants that already require reporting. Use these kinds of data to showcase how wellness policies are working. 

High school students could conduct some monitoring and measuring as part of a class project. Local universities or other research organizations may be willing to help develop effective monitoring and evaluation components. 

Measuring Success = A Best Practice
Reporting successes to key KidLinks in the community and school district shows positive progress and sets the stage for additional support.


2 Responses to “Solutions: Measuring Success of School Wellness Policies”

  1. Jessica Farrelly Says:

    I’m a parent volunteer on the wellness team at my childrens’ school and I am currently working on an evaluation of our wellness policy and practices. I’m using the Action For Healthy Kids “Wellness policy tracker tool” found on their school webpage. Thanks for all your informative newsletters and web resources.

    • healthykidschallenge Says:

      Yes, I’m aware of AFK’s wellness policy tracker tool. I’d be interested to know your experience now that you’ve been using it for a while. And you’re very welcome! Always glad to be of assistance. Let me know about the AFK tool.

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