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Using Data to Inform Program Design and Implementation and Make the Case for School Mental Health

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This article describes an evaluation and research system developed over many years by the Minneapolis Public Schools Expanded School Mental Health Program. The authors describe the rationale underlying the systems development, the challenges encountered and solutions developed throughout building the system, and the future directions for research and evaluation. Use of data to continuously inform program design and implementation will be discussed. Examples of preliminary program evaluation outcomes and results from two quasi-experimental studies will be presented. Recommendations for future research are discussed, and the need for more longitudinal studies investigating the impact of expanded school health on educational behaviors and academic achievement is emphasized.
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Keywords: DATA SYSTEMS; DATA-DRIVEN PROGRAMS; EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH; EVALUATION; EXPANDED SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-10-01

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  • Published by The Clifford Beers Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Advances in School Mental Health Promotion emphasises the interconnectedness of research, policy, training and practice and the opportunities to make progress in all these areas through global dialogue, collaboration and action. Mark Weist (University of South Carolina and former director/senior advisor of the Center for School Mental Health) and Michael Murray (The Clifford Beers Foundation) are the editors, supported by a distinguished international editorial board.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is an academic journal that co-ordinates the dissemination of new research outcomes to all those involved in policy making and the implementation of mental health promotion in schools and is essential reading for those with a personal or professional interest in this work.

    Peer reviewed by an expert international board, the Journal is a comprehensive information resource which publishes material of distinction submitted by those with a clinical, professional, academic or personal interest in promoting mental health in schools

    The aim of the Journal is to increase awareness, foster understanding and promote collaboration between the different disciplines engaged in this diverse activity of study.

    Advances in School Mental Health Promotion is the official journal of the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools (InterCAMHS), an alliance that aims to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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