Evaluation of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s national pilot of the Cybersafety and Wellbeing Schools Initiative
This research comprised an evaluation of a pilot project funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and conducted by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation. The evaluation sought to address nine key objectives:
- Is the eSmart Schools Framework and approach appropriate to achieve cybersafety and wellbeing objectives?
- How suitable is the eSmart Schools Framework in helping school communities develop polices and practice to promote smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technologies?
- What is the evidence of a school being or on the way to becoming eSmart?
- Is the eSmart approach a good return on investment?
- Do schools find eSmart user-friendly and consistent with school practices in their jurisdiction?
- Is the eSmart approach sustainable?
- How effective and user-friendly are the eSmart online support resources?
- What factors need to be in place in a school to promote the success of eSmart as a school change model? What factors mitigate against its success?
- What is the role and importance of stakeholders throughout the pilot and into the future?
Edith Cowan University’s evaluation of the eSmart Framework comprised eight key phases including:
- Development of a theoretical framework for successful school-based health and wellbeing interventions;
- In-depth interviews with AMF staff involved in the eSmart framework;
- Mapping eSmart strategies across the theoretical domains of successful implementation of school-based interventions;
- Establishing suitable evidence collated by the AMF for use in the current evaluation;
- Quantitative data collection from schools involved in the pilot;
- Qualitative telephone interviews with school leadership teams’ and collation of evidence
- Focus groups with key stakeholders; and
- Triangulation of evidence and preparation of final report.
31 October 2009 – 30 April 2010
The Alannah and Madeline Foundation
For further information about this project contact Laura Thomas on 9370 6643 or at email@example.com.