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On this blog, we share regular updates about the Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Learners partnership between Extension's Children, Youth & Family Consortium and Bruce Vento Elementary School.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Evaluating What We Did, Why It Matters, and Where We're Going Next

By: Chelsea Hetherington


Imagine you’re considering buying a new car. How do you decide which car is right for you? You might compare cost across different models, talk to your friends about which models have more or less merit, and consider how different models might meet your needs. Then, based on the information you’ve gathered, you would evaluate your options and make a judgment (i.e., decide which car to buy).

Now imagine you’re a school principal where a comprehensive program was recently enacted. The program targeted supporting students’ success in school, increasing access to healthy foods, and fostering a supportive school community. Did the program achieve these goals? Was it worth the time, money, and effort put into it? It is any better than what the school was doing before?
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