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:
- Keep track of data collection
- Effectively organize and store your data
- Document the procedures used for handling data
- Access data to conduct analyses for program planning and contributing to the accuracy and credibility of your evaluation reports
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):
|Development of materials|
|Distribution of materials|
|Delivery of professional development events|
|Provision of technical assistance|
*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.
- Current versions of the DASH Indicators for School Health Programs
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