Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How do Community Level Efforts Develop Changes That Result in Beneficial Outcomes for Children, Families, and Schools?

01/01/2012

 

The goals of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Interdepartmental Initiative were to help students develop the skills and emotional resilience necessary to promote positive mental health, engage in pro-social behavior, and prevent violent behavior and drug use; ensure that all students learn in a safe, disciplined, and drug-free environment; and  develop an infrastructure that will institutionalize and sustain integrated services. This evaluation of the initiative documented how coalitions and collaborations at the community level develop systemic change that results in beneficial outcomes for children, families, and schools.

 

Some degree of improvement was reported for all key outcomes in elementary, middle and high school. Change was more favorable than unfavorable. Elementary school teachers reported improved student behavior and school climate. Over time middle school students witnessed less bullying and felt safer. High school students reported decreased use of tobacco and alcohol. There was a 15 percent decrease in the number of students involved in violent incidents during the grant period. There was a 12 percent decrease in the number of students reporting that they had experienced or witnessed violence from year one of the grant period to year three. Most staff at grantee schools reported that the Initiative had made their schools safer. By year three of the grant, 84 percent said the Initiative had improved school safety. Additionally, 77 percent of respondents said the program had reduced violence on campus, and 75 percent said it had reduced violence in the community.

Report Title: To assess whether SS//HS grants develop systemic change that results in beneficial outcomes for children, families, and schools.
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Danyelle Mannix, 240-276-1879
Performer: Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
Record ID: 8723 (Report issued March 31, 2010)

See also:

Report Title: National Evaluation of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (FY 2005-2007 Cohorts) http://www.sshs.samhsa.gov/media/sshs_media/pdf/SSHS_Violence_Prevention_Brief_rev7.pdf
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Danyelle Mannix, 240-276-1879
Performer: Manila Consulting Group, Inc.
Record ID: 8724 (Report issued March 31, 2010)

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