Let's summarize the key points...
- Indicators for School Health Programs (Indicators) provide DASH funded education agencies with a common set of measures for reporting annual program progress.
- The Indicator questionnaire asks for data on basic program outputs within multiple topic areas (see page 2).
- The Indicators serve as the primary process evaluation data source for DASH funded partners focusing on coordinated school health programs (CSHP), HIV prevention programs, and asthma management programs and can be used to
- Measure intended changes
- Quantify the degree to which a given attribute is observed
- Assign staff duties by aligning position descriptions with activities described in the Indicators
- Generate the data necessary to advocate for future expansion of school health programs with CDC leadership
- Facilitate future program planning by studying areas of strengths and weaknesses (see pages 3 & 4)
- Indicators are not intended to
- Serve as the only source of program assessment
- Constitute a list of activities that you must perform
- Require large new data collection systems to track
- Publicize the message that more of every activity is better (see page 4)
- Indicators intersect with different components of your workplan (see pages 6 & 7).
- You will need to identify applicable Indicators for the program objectives, measures for accomplishing the objectives, and data sources identified in your workplan (see pages 6, 7, & 8).
- Reading through the Indicator questionnaire that is appropriate for your program will help you identify the data that will need to be collected, as well as what data sources will be most appropriate for tracking the Indicators (see pages 10, 11, & 12).
- There are systematic steps to follow to ensure the accurate and effective collection of Indicator data (see page 13).
- The Indicators can be submitted to CDC either by using the Web-based application or paper-pencil methods (see page 14).
- The Indicators are due to CDC 90 days after the end of each program year.
- There are many resources available to assist you with all aspects of Indicators management (see page 17).
- Download a copy of this summary [pdf 200K]
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