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Definitions & Background

The Indicators

When you develop and implement a program, it is important to have a plan in place with specific benchmarks or indicators to show progress toward achievement of your overall program goals.

The DASH Indicators for School Health Programs (also referred to as the Indicators) were developed by CDC to serve as a common set of measures for funded sites to report annual program progress. The Indicators provide data for program planning by allowing sites to examine trends in their programmatic efforts and track accomplishments over time.

The Indicators are:

  • Specific in that they provide a clear description of what should be measured
  • Expressed in a neutral and objective fashion, rather than as targets for achievement
  • Measurable with either quantitative data or qualitative data

The Indicators track performance of coordinated school health program (CSHP), HIV Prevention, and asthma management (AM) projects within state, territorial, and local education agencies and tribal governments (SEAs, TEAs, LEAs, and TGs) in several topic areas. The chart below shows these topics along with the applicable program type.

This image is similar to a table. The headers are: topic area, HVIE-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. First row is Project Planning (Topic) with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. Second row is Joint Activities of the Education Agency and Health Agency with 2 areas checked: CSHP, AM. Third row is Activities of State-level Coalitions to support CSHPs with one area checked: CSHP.  Fourth row is Policy with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. Fifth row is Curriculum & Instruction (or Asthma-Related Education) with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. Sixth row is Assessment of Student Performance with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. Seventh row is Health Services with one area checked: AM. Eighth row is Health Promotion& Environmental Approaches with 2 areas checked: CSHP, AM. Ninth row is External Collaboration with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. Tenth row is Reducing disparities with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM. Eleventh row is Other Information & Activities with check marks under the other 4 areas: HIV-LEA, HIV-SEA (TEA/TG)*, CSHP, AM.
In the last row is an asterisk with a note that says TEAs and TGs fill out the SEA survey.

Important! The DASH Indicators for School Health Programs are only one component of process evaluation and may not cover all of your CDC DASH-funded activities. Your program staff may think of other performance measures that can be collected to monitor the progress of your program's development and implementation.

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Current versions of the DASH Indicators for School Health Programs

 

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