Guide for Using Data to Drive Decisions

Data-driven decisions are a necessity in this era of accountability and high-stakes testing. It simply isn’t good
enough to implement health and wellness efforts because “we just know we’re making a difference” without having data to support our claims. For school health efforts to take their rightful place alongside reading, writing, and math, it’s imperative that we show results.

This guide explains what data-driven decisions are all about, gives you a chance to take a simple test to see if you’re on track with your current data collection efforts, discusses how important it is to develop a long-term plan for data collection, and provides samples of effective data collection efforts.

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