In phase 2 of becoming a health promoting school, you assess your school’s current policies and practices related to health promotion to determine your school community’s needs and priorities.
The SHE rapid assessment tool has been designed to help you in making this assessment. The SHE rapid assessment tool consists of a series of questions related to the whole-school approach. Answering the questions can help you identify what your school already does well, what areas need improvement and what you want to focus on in your health promoting school.
The SHE rapid assessment tool can also be used once your health promoting school is in place. You can compare your answers from the first assessment to those of the second to assess your school’s progress, and it can help you make further adjustments to your health promoting school.
We advise you, as a health promoting school working group, to discuss the questions in the SHE rapid assessment tool and reach a consensus
Each question should be approached in two ways:
the school’s current situation on a three-point scale, 1= not in place; 2 = partly in place; 3 = fully in place. See left-hand columns in the assessment tool labelled current.
the school community gives to the question on a three-point scale, 1 = low/no priority; 2 = medium priority; 3 = high priority. See right-hand columns in the assessment tool labelled priority.
The results of the assessment can be interpreted by looking at the score for each question with regard to current situation and priority level or by calculating the means for current situation and the means for priority level per section. Areas with both a low score/mean on the school’s current situation and a high score/ mean on priority can be the focus of future action in the process of becoming a health promoting school.