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Collecting & Recording Data for the Indicators

What to Collect

 
Now that you understand Indicators, their identification, and intended use, let's focus on what systems and steps are necessary to collect and record Indicators for School Health Programs data.

You will need to have a data collection and storage system developed and in place to allow for collecting and reporting meaningful information on your program. Having such a system in place will enable you to:

On what types of events and activities do I need to collect data?

If DASH funds (in any way) contribute to the completion of an event or a staff member's activities, those events and activities need to be tracked.

As we saw on page two of this tutorial, the Indicators track program performance in several topic areas (click here to view). Within most of these topic areas, the Indicators track four main activity-types (click "View Sample Question" for examples):

List Item Development of materials View Sample Question
List Item Distribution of materials View Sample Question
List Item Delivery of professional development events View Sample Question
List Item Provision of technical assistance View Sample Question

*An important note about technical assistance: Technical assistance (TA) is tailored assistance to meet site-specific needs with collaborative communication between a specialist and the site. Assistance takes into account site-specific circumstances and culture and can be provided through phone, mail, e-mail, Internet, or in-person meetings. The key is tailored assistance to meet site-specific needs. Contact with the site alone is not sufficient to meet the TA definition. You must be providing some type of tailored or customized assistance. Distribution of generic materials does not qualify as TA.

 

Job Aid:
Current versions of the DASH Indicators for School Health Programs

 

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