Assessment (Needs Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation)


Refer to these resources to conduct your initial needs assessment for monitoring implementation, and measuring the impact of your local school wellness policy.



School Health Index (2014)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

An online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. Based on CDC’s Coordinated School Health model for improving students’ health and learning, the SHI measures how well schools address six health topics: nutrition, physical activity, unintentional injury and violence prevention, tobacco use prevention, asthma, and sexual health. This comprehensive tool will help you to evaluate where your school stands and will guide your team in determining priorities and developing goals.


School Health Index (Healthy Schools Program version) (2016)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

The Healthy Schools Program website hosts a version of the School Health Index that addresses two health topics: nutrition and physical activity. It also includes resources, access to national experts, and opportunities to earn national awards from the Alliance in addition to the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge


Resource to Sustain and Strengthen Local Wellness Policy Initiatives (2013) (PDF | 3.6 MB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

A guide to help school districts conduct an evaluation of local wellness policies. This guide details step-by-step instructions for conducting an evaluation, deciding what the results mean, and communicating the findings to stakeholders.


Michigan Healthy School Action Tools (2014)

Michigan Team Nutrition. Michigan Department of Education.

The online tool is only for districts in Michigan. However, if you go to the “Preview the Assessments” section you can access the links to print versions (PDFs) of all HSAT assessments. Assessments include sections on Healthy Eating, Health Education, Physical Education and more.


School Wellness Policy Building Level Assessment Tool (October 2014) (PDF | 119 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

An easy to use assessment tool to be utilized at the building level to assess progress in meeting the district school wellness policy.


Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) (2015)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A self-assessment and planning guide designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards.


Children’s BMI Tool for Schools

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This Calculation tool was created for use by school, child care, and other professionals who want to compute BMI-for-age for a group of up to 2,000 children, such as for a school classroom or grade.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Evaluation Framework (2016) (PDF | 4.9 MB)

USDA. ASSNA. National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research.

The intended audience of this guide includes SNAP-Ed program administrators and program evaluators who are involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating local, state, territorial, or tribal programs.