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Profiling the health‐promoting school: valuing assets and evaluating the management of change

David Stears (David Stears is Reader in Health Education and Head of the Centre for Health Education and Research at Canterbury Christ Church University College, Canterbury, Kent, England, UK.)

Health Education

ISSN: 0965-4283

Article publication date: 1 April 2000



Highlights the challenge of evaluating the healthy or health‐promoting school and describes the development of an instrument for profiling and monitoring the development of such institutions. The adaptability and scope of the instrument is discussed at length and this includes use of the instrument to undertake valuations of existing health‐promotion assets within schools and evaluation of the health‐promoting school. Examples of how the instrument has been used, both nationally and internationally, are provided. A detailed description of the methodology introduces the notion of profiling the health‐promoting/healthy school, and health‐promoting assets in schools, using a multiple‐axes radial profile graph. Discusses the challenges of creating an evaluation instrument that recognises the practical difficulties of undertaking evaluation in schools, the complex nature of the health‐promoting school, and the underlying principles of evaluating health promotion.



Stears, D. (2000), "Profiling the health‐promoting school: valuing assets and evaluating the management of change", Health Education, Vol. 100 No. 2, pp. 74-80.




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