Evaluation and Research
With increasing budget cuts to public schools, documenting the impact of full-time school nurses will remain crucial in leveraging support and resources for school health services. The development and implementation of a rigorous five-year evaluation is a crucial component of the project. Key findings in Phase I of the project are included here, including improvement in screening and referrals, follow-up care among students with asthma, and mean days absent due to illness.
Evaluation of the project employs a mixed methods research design, including a logic model, a quasi-experimental study design for Phase I (comparing outcome measures in the four demonstration schools with five "control" schools), parent, teacher, and school administrator feedback, systematic nurse reports, and quantitative analysis of school heath and administrative data, including health conditions and absenteeism information.