Using Your Scores:

 

 




How can I use the results? 

You will receive a personalized "scorecard" containing details of how well the district policy you coded scored on each section of the survey. After receiving the scorecard, celebrate the strengths you identified. Next, visit our resources section for guidance about how to work on areas that are weak. 

 




How should I communicate the results?

It is important to communicate that the scores should not be interpreted like letter grades. We tested this tool in 2018 in a sample of 50 school districts around the country and the average comprehensiveness score was 54 and the average strength score was 33.

It will be useful to put the policy scores in this context when you provide feedback to the district. If you're coding a number of policies in the same state, it may also be helpful to compare each district to the average for the state.

You can find the distribution and mean scores for each item in our national sample of 50 policies here

 




How can I assess the practices at my school? 

The Centers for Disease Control has created an online self-assessment and planning tool called the School Health Index. This tool can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/shi/index.htm 

The SHI reflects the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. (add link to: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/wscc/index.htm), so it includes components that go beyond the scope of WellSAT 3.0 items. 

 




How can researchers measure implementation?

The Rudd Center has developed a series of interviews that researchers can use to assess policy implementation. These interviews are designed to match each item of the WellSAT 3.0.  

The questions are organized as follows:

 

  • Each item number matches WellSAT 3.0.
  • Many interview questions can be answered by more than one person. Depending on your research question and the personnel in your district, choose which individual will be asked each question. You may want to ask more than one person certain questions to evaluate whether their answers are the same. Relatedly, some items are typically implemented at the district level, while others are implemented at the school level. As a result, some questions are designed to be answered by a district level employee (e.g., food service director), while others are more appropriately answered by someone who works in one school building (e.g., principal, teacher). The best person to answer each question may vary depending on your research question and the configuration of your district.
  • The coding follows the logic of the WellSAT with a "0" indicating that a practice is not implemented at all; "1" indicating that the practice is implemented partially or inconsistently; and "2" indicating that the respondent is confident that the practice is implemented fully and consistently. We have adjusted the wording to reflect these ideas for each topic area. 
  • A previous version of this measure that matched WellSAT 2.0 has been tested, but this new version is intended for those scoring a policy using WellSAT 3.0.

 

If you are interested in using this interview in a research study or sharing your experiences, please contact Marlene Schwartz at marlene.schwartz@uconn.edu.  

Copies of the interview for each individual section and one comprehensive document with all sections can be downloaded using the following links: