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McGraw and colleagues (2000) reviewed approaches to measuring the implementation of school-based programs and policy to promote physical activity and healthy eating among youth. The authors found that quantity included:

  1. the proportion of the curriculum covered (the number of activities or specific lessons completed of the total required by the curriculum);
  2. the absolute amount of instruction delivered (the number of hours of minutes of classroom instruction); and
  3. a subjective assessment of how much of the curriculum was covered.

The quality of the intervention considered:

  1. the proportion of activities that were conducted as intended or as described in a curriculum guideline;
  2. the proportion of session plans and materials that were not modified; and
  3. a score determined by deducting points from a base score for each deviation from the curriculum judged to be detrimental and by adding points to the base score for each deviation judged to enhance the curriculum.

For example, the School Health Curriculum Project evaluated the amount of classroom time devoted to health instruction and monitored activities to determine whether they were implemented as planned, modified, or not implemented. Evidence about adequate dose quality and quantity for specific interventions may be gleaned from the literature or evaluations.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 June 2009 09:12