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The Health Information Project (HIP) is committed to connecting students to health information, providing them with the opportunity to discuss critical health issues, and to creating safe and supportive high school campuses.
HIP commissioned ImpactED in 2018 to conduct a mixed-methods evaluation of its program’s impact on the students it serves. Specifically, the goal of the research was to better understand the program’s impact on students’ health knowledge, health behaviors, and school climate. In 2019-2020, ImpactED designed a mixed-methods evaluation based on recommendations from the 2018 findings. We gathered data for this report systematically through surveys and focus groups from four stakeholder groups: 9th-grade students (pre-and post-intervention), current students including current Peer Health Educators, Peer Health Educator alumni, and staff.
The evaluation found that HIP improved 9th-grade students’ self-esteem, helped them to develop healthier relationships with their peers, and increased their sense of belonging in school. HIP also had high levels of acceptance and satisfaction amongst stakeholders, with 100% of principals reporting that they would recommend HIP to others and 95% of 9th-grade teachers saying that HIP improves their 9th graders’ experience and contributes positively to their school climate.
To see a synthesis of key results, see the project's key findings evaluation sheet.