Key Considerations and Recommended Strategies for Conducting a School-Based Longitudinal RE-AIM Evaluation: Insights From a 28-School Cluster Randomized Trial

Stephanie L. Marhefka, Charlotte A. Noble, Eric R. Walsh-Buhi, De Anne Turner, Helen Mahony, Ashley Singleton, Rita DeBate, Ellen M. Daley

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Abstract

RE-AIM is an implementation science framework that provides a structure to promote data collection and analysis in the domains of Reach, Efficacy/Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance. The RE-AIM approach promotes more data collection and reporting than typical evaluations so potential adopters can determine the potential program fit for their setting. RE-AIM has been used to evaluate a variety of programs; however, there are few resources that provide strategies for conducting a RE-AIM evaluation in the school setting. The purpose of this article is to inform future studies by elucidating experiences conducting a large, complex, multisite, longitudinal RE-AIM evaluation in schools in partnership with the state’s Departments of Education and Health, and to share strategies for overcoming obstacles. With the long-term goal of facilitating the translation of school-based intervention research into practice, we provide key considerations and recommend strategies for school-based RE-AIM evaluation success.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • implementation science
  • program evaluation
  • randomized controlled trial
  • RE-AIM
  • school health

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