School Stakeholder Interview Project

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The purpose of the School Stakeholder Interview Project (SSIP) was to learn about school stakeholder preferences and priorities to improve Center strategies for recruiting and retaining research study schools and participants, as well as to guide future projects. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living (the Center) 2014-2019 Strategic Plan identified these interviews as a strategy to gain information on systems-level approaches for implementation of best practices and to further develop relationships with community partners.

Objectives

The objective of the School Stakeholder Interview Project (SSIP) was to obtain input from school community stakeholders to ensure priority and relevance of Center-focused public health problems and acceptability of proposed solutions. Information collected in this research study aim to assist with the following goals: planning future Center research projects and outreach activities; planning future community, research, and policy related resources; and identifying new community connections.

Methods

The SSIP utilized a mixed-methods approach consisting of an online survey, and either semistructured interviews or focus groups. A theoretical framework using Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) was developed from the research questions and then data were assigned into themes and categories using the framework approach.

Results

There were a total of 47 participants (12 teachers, 10 administrators, and 25 parents). Of these, nine teachers, nine administrators, and 24 parents completed the survey and either an interview or focus group. There were three teachers, one administrator, and one parent who completed the survey, but did not participate in an interview or focus group. The research questions yielded results in the topic areas of: 1) Center Priorities and Strategies, 2) School Recruitment and Retention, 3) Teacher Recruitment and Retention, and 4) Family Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention.

People

Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA
Director and Principal Investigator 

Heather Atteberry, MPH
Center Coordinator

Tiffni Menendez, MPH
Operations Manager

Leigh Ann Ganzar, MPH
Dell Health Scholar - Doctoral Graduate Assistant

Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
Project Coordinator

For more information about this project, please contact:

Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
Sarah.S.Bentley@uth.tmc.edu
512-482-6152

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School Stakeholder Interview Project Recommendations

Read the recommendations learned from the School Stakeholder Interview Project.

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School Stakeholder Interview Project Final Report

This report outlines the purpose, methods, and results of the School Stakeholder Interview Project.