In 2014, the Prince George’s County Public Schools approached Johnson Research Associates with a potential project. They had been tasked with:

1. Reviewing their current Board of Education School Health and Wellness Policy, including the input received and revising it for presentation and publication.
2. Reviewing any and all school health and wellness policies and procedures the Board of Education has in place and what gaps there are based on a review of school health and wellness policies and procedures at other school districts nationwide. Suggest new policies and procedures and improvements to current ones.
3. Reviewing their current draft School Health and Wellness Strategic Plan, Logic Framework, Indicator Worksheet and Infrastructure needs along the 12 focus areas:

  • Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Health Services
  • Nutrition Services
  • Behavioral Services
  • Employee Wellness
  • Family Involvement
  • Community Partnerships
  • Safe Environment
  • Creative Arts
  • Data Integration
  • Policy Change

Process: Johnson Research Associates conducted an exhaustive literature review, extracting all relevant information pertaining to the focus areas within the past five years. Additionally, we searched specifically for best practices pertaining to these twelve focus areas. We had the client select a lead and a team for all twelve focus areas, and held focus groups and personal interviews with individuals from the twelve groups to gather qualitative data to accompany existent quantitative data. Lastly, surveys were distributed to gather data on how employee’s rated PGCPS along the focus areas. This data was also gathered qualitatively in response to open ended questions that enabled participants to give voice to critical topics concerning school environment and employee wellness amongst other topics. This data was analyzed using SPSS version 25 (quantitative) and NVivo.

Deliverables: A comprehensive report was produced for PGCPS and for publication, as well as a PowerPoint presentation for an immediate meeting with the Superintendent and Board, and subsequent meetings with a variety of stakeholders.