Project AWARE: School Mental Health Program Evaluation

Overview

The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS), together with faculty from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University (GW), provides consultation for the design and implementation of a program evaluation plan for the District of Columbia’s Project AWARE program.

CHHCS/GW leads data and evaluation activities, monitors outcomes, and ensures ongoing quality improvement to fulfill grant obligations.

The goal of the evaluation is to describe short-term outcomes associated with Project AWARE, including rates of screening and referrals of students with concerns for mental health needs; development of networks between school- and community-based mental health providers; level of knowledge of mental health among students, families and educators.

Specific activities also include:

  • Developing an evaluation workplan
  • Developing protocols and tools for data collection
  • Participation in regular meetings with project partners
  • Leading data, evaluation and technical assistance activities
  • Analyzing and synthesizing evaluation data

Consultation is provided to Barrow Consulting Services; partners also include the Division of Health and Wellness of the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the Coordinating Council Data/Evaluation and Implementation subcommittees.