Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation provide you with essential information about the health promoting school plan and activities including:
- Progress of on-going activities
- Challenges of and successes in carrying your plan
- Effectiveness of the health promoting school in relation to intended health aims and objectives
- Appropriateness of the health promoting school for the school community over time
The priorities, needs and desired outcomes in a school community can change. Therefore, planning, adapting and carrying out your health promoting school plan is an on-going process. It requires repeated monitoring, evaluation and revision, at least every 3-4 years.
Note: the idea of being evaluated can be seen as a negative experience by school staff and other members of the school community. They may feel like they are being judged. It is important to communicate the benefit of monitoring and evaluation. It is a learning experience, a chance for improvement.