Smart Source 2015-16 Executive Summary - Page 21

How to Use Smart Source Data
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How to Use Smart Source Data

In addition to this executive summary , the 2015-16 Smart Source pilot results have also been released via data tables with aggregate data by state , region , and district size . 11 Organizations that support school health , such as state agencies , local public health agencies , non-profits , hospitals , universities , funders , etc . can use these publically available Smart Source to :
• Identify general gaps in school health
• Inform decisions regarding resource allocation
• Make the case for policy change
• Garner support for school health programs
• Evaluate the reach and impact of policies and practices
These recommendations for data use also apply to schools and districts for which Smart Source data is available . CEI recommends that , where possible , these organizations partner with schools and districts at the local level to support school health efforts . Schools and districts that received a Smart Source report are encouraged to compare their school health policies and practices to both best practices and to the policies and practices of other schools around the state , including by region and district . Additionally , as Smart Source represents only a single data collection at the school level , schools and districts should triangulate their Smart Source results with other data sources in order to capture a more complete picture of school health and wellness . Related data available at the individual level ( i . e ., students or staff ) include the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey ( HKCS , 2015 ), climate surveys , student and teacher perception surveys , discipline data , and attendance data . Extending beyond the school building , schools can access state and county data about childhood health , including the Child Health Survey and Kids Count ( 2015 , 2016 ). When choosing other data sources to examine in conjunction with Smart Source results , CEI recommends schools and districts begin with those already at their disposal to minimize burden .

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Following a period of tool and process refinement informed by respondent and expert feedback , CEI launched the 2016-17 administration of Smart Source in September 2016 and will close administration on January 20 , 2017 . While any Colorado K-12 school can participate , CEI has conducted minimal recruitment , instead focusing on further streamlining with select districts ’ existing assessments for local wellness policy implementation . Furthermore , CEI encourages a biennial participation in Smart Source as substantial change in school health practices and policies is not likely to occur in a single year .
Looking ahead , CEI prepares for its largest administration to date to occur in 2017-18 . In addition to its continued coordination with school-level health and wellness surveys ( e . g ., School Health Profiles , district-level assessments ), Smart Source will expand its partnership with Healthy Kids Colorado Survey ( HKCS ), the secondary student-level assessment of health behaviors and attitudes . While they are distinctly different surveys , CEI recommends that secondary schools administer HKCS in tandem with Smart Source , so they can more deeply understand how school-level practices and policies affect their students .
Many Smart Source indicators have been identified for shared measurement by Colorado Healthy Schools Collective Impact – a group of leading organizations committed to improving student health outcomes by systematically supporting schools in their health and wellness efforts , including through consistent data collection . As an example of this statewide coordination , a growing number of Colorado school health funders required their grantee schools to participate in Smart Source in the 2016-17 school year instead of other disparate survey efforts often required in the past .
In addition to this executive summary and the aggregate data tables , CEI is currently developing a series of one pagers , each dedicated to an identified content area or analysis type ( e . g ., trends in Smart Source results by district size and by school FRL rates ) and will release these summaries on a rolling basis , beginning in 2017 .
11 The district-size aggregate represents data combined within various district sizes , not individual district results .
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How to Use Smart Source Data In addition to this executive summary, the 2015-16 Smart Source pilot results have also been released via data tables with aggregate data by state, region, and district size.11 Organizations that support school health, such as state agencies, local public health agencies, non-profits, hospitals, universities, funders, etc. can use these publically available Smart Source to: • Identify general gaps in school health • Inform decisions regarding resource allocation • Make the case for policy change • Garner support for school health programs • Evaluate the reach and impact of policies and practices These recommendations for data use also apply to schools and districts for which Smart Source data is available. CEI recommends that, where possible, these organizations partner with schools and districts at the local level to support school health efforts. Schools and districts that received a Smart Source report are encouraged to compare their school health policies and practices to both best practices and to the policies and practices of other schools around the state, including by region and district. Additionally, as Smart Source represents only a single data collection at the school level, schools and districts should triangulate their Smart Source results with other data sources in order to capture a more complete picture of school health and wellness. Related data available at the individual level (i.e., students or staff) include the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS, 2015), climate surveys, student and teacher perception surveys, discipline data, and attendance data. Extending beyond the school building, schools can access state and county data about childhood health, including the Child Health Survey and Kids Count (2015, 2016). When choosing other data sources to examine in conjunction with Smart Source results, CEI recommends schools and districts begin with those already at their disposal to minimize burden. Next Steps Following a period of tool and process refinement informed by respondent and expert feedback, CEI launched the 2016-17 administration of Smart Source in September 2016 and will close administration on January 20, 2017. While any Colorado K-12 school can participate, CEI has conducted minimal recruitment, instead focusing on further streamlining with select districts’ existing assessments for local wellness policy implementation. Furthermore, CEI encourages a biennial participation in Smart Source as substantial change in school health practices and policies is not likely to occur in a single year. Looking ahead, CEI prepares for its largest administration to date to occur in 2017-18. In addition to its continued coordination with school-level Ѡݕٕ́̀M!ѠAɽ̰ɥеٕ͕͵̤MЁMɍݥ)ѹ͡ݥѠ!ѡ-́ ɅMٕ䀡!- Lѡ͕Ցеٕ͕͵ЁѠ٥́ѥՑ̸)]ѡ䁅ɔѥѱ䁑ɕЁٕ̰ $ɕ́ѡЁ͕͍́ѕȁ!- LхݥѠMЁMɍ)ͼѡ䁍ɔչх܁͍ٕɅѥ́́ЁѡȁՑ̸)5MЁMɍѽ́ٔѥȁ͡ɕɕЁ Ʌ!ѡḾ ѥٔ%ЃL)ɽɝѥ́ѕѼɽ٥ՑЁѠэ́ѕѥѥ͍́ѡȁѠ)ݕ̰́Ցѡɽ՝ͥѕЁфѥ́ᅵѡ́хѕݥɑѥɽݥյ) Ʌ͍Ѡչ́ɕեɕѡȁɅѕ͍́ѼѥєMЁMɍѡش܁͍啅ȁѕ)ѡȁɅєٕ䁕́ѕɕեɕѡи)%ѥѼѡ́ᕍѥٔյ䁅ѡɕєфх̰ $́ɕѱ䁑ٕ͕ɥ̰́)ѕѼѥѕЁɕȁͥ́ɕ́MЁMɍɕձ́䁑ɥЁͥ锁͍I0Ʌѕ̤)ݥɕ͔ѡ͔յɥ́ɽ̰ܸͥ((%Qɥеͥ锁ɕєɕɕ͕́фݥѡمɥ́ɥЁ̰ͥЁ٥ՅɥЁɕձ̸(+䃊((