A qualitative analysis of assessment tools to evaluate comprehensive school wellness policies

Amy M Wieczorek, The University of Texas School of Public Health

Abstract

The Grand Island Public School District, located in Hall County, Nebraska developed and implemented a six-component (healthy school meals, competitive food and beverages, health education, physical education, student wellness, and staff wellness) school wellness policy in all of the district’s twenty-two schools in August, 2013. Although the school wellness policy was implemented, no assessments or evaluations of the policies were in place. The purpose of this project was to evaluate school wellness policy evaluation tools currently available, and to make recommendations for the most appropriate tool based on feedback from school wellness committee leaders. In addition, implementation of the school wellness policy was assessed using qualitative data. A literature review was conducted to identify school wellness policy assessment tools that are currently available. Based on the literature review, four assessment instruments were further evaluated by using qualitative and quantitative data collected through key informant interviews. Data were compiled, and key thematic elements were derived using triangulation of the quantitative and qualitative data. Recommendations, based on the literature review and data collected through key informant interviews, were developed and will be presented to the Grand Island Public School Board. This review will further help practitioners select school wellness policy evaluation tools that are appropriate for their district use.^

Subject Area

Physical education|Public health|Health education

Recommended Citation

Wieczorek, Amy M, "A qualitative analysis of assessment tools to evaluate comprehensive school wellness policies" (2015). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI1598400.
http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/dissertations/AAI1598400

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