The following steps should be taken when developing a strategy to monitor progress and make improvements to water projects in schools.
Make it Happen
Step 1: Designate a point person for evaluation
Identify a person or group to monitor, evaluate, and report back to stakeholders regarding implementation and outcomes of the water program.
Step 2: Evaluate Implementation Process
Conduct “Process Evaluation” to document changes to water environment, wellness policy, and cost of implementing the program.
Step 3: Evaluate your program Impact
Conduct “Outcome Evaluation” to measure changes in students’ knowledge about water; students’ attitudes toward water or other beverages; students’ beverage consumption.
Step 4: Share results and make improvements based on evaluation
Use evaluation results to make improvements to the water program. Report findings to stakeholders.
- Water Works Guide Action 4: Monitor Progress and Make Improvements
- Water Works Guide Action 5: Fund Your Water Program
- Water Works Guide Action Supplemental Materials
- Community Toolbox: Evaluating Community Programs and Initiatives
- Harvard School of Public Health: Water Audit Tool
- University of Washington: Water Access Inventory
- Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity School Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool
- Evaluate Your Water Program: Overview
- University of California Los Angele Health Research: California Health Interview Survey. Adolescent Questionnaire 2011-2012
- Community Tool Box: Evaluating Community Programs and Initiatives
- Smarter Lunchrooms Movements: Share your Success. Publicizing Your Smarter Lunchroom Makeover