University at Albany
 

Safe Schools/Healthy Students Evaluation

The U.S. Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and Department of Justice awarded the City School District of Albany (CSDA) a competitive $6 million grant to support school-based mental health and juvenile justice services. CHSR assisted the CSDA in writing the grant, designed and continues to execute the program evaluations, and developed and continues to maintain a data management system.

Evaluation & Research

CHSR designed and implemented the Safe Schools/Healthy Students evaluation protocol. Using multiple methods of data collection and analysis, the evaluation is designed to ensure that evidence-based programs are delivered with fidelity. All major stakeholders contribute data to provide a comprehensive picture of program strengths and weaknesses. Evaluators synthesize information and report findings to a local SS/HS Board and Steering Committee. Documentation of effective practices and procedures will help sustain A-PLUS beyond the four years of grant funding.

Evaluations of existing full-service school models demonstrate positive impacts on student, family, school, and community well-being. Benefits to students include more positive attitudes and behaviors, increased access to services, and earlier identification of needs. Families benefit from reduced stress. Full service schools are safer and show improved test scores. Finally, communities experience reduced crime and violence and more cost-effective and timely services due to better interagency communication.