Policymakers' perspectives on designing school-based health initiatives for Victorian adolescents

Meiklejohn, S, Choi, T, Peeters, A, Ryan, L and Palermo, C 2020, Policymakers' perspectives on designing school-based health initiatives for Victorian adolescents, Health Promotion International, vol. 35, no. 6, pp. 1462-1473, doi: 10.1093/heapro/daaa020.

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Title Policymakers' perspectives on designing school-based health initiatives for Victorian adolescents
Author(s) Meiklejohn, S
Choi, T
Peeters, AORCID iD for Peeters, A orcid.org/0000-0003-4340-9132
Ryan, L
Palermo, C
Journal name Health Promotion International
Volume number 35
Issue number 6
Start page 1462
End page 1473
Total pages 12
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2020-12
ISSN 0957-4824
Keyword(s) adolescent
evidence-based health promotion
Health Promoting Schools
health promoting policies
Summary Initiatives based on the Health Promoting Schools (HPS) framework have previously been successful in improving health and well-being yet there is little evidence of how these findings translate into policy. This study therefore aimed to analyse the political considerations that underpinned policymakers' decisions for the design and implementation of a programme based on HPS in middle and high schools in Victoria, Australia. Interpretive policy analysis was undertaken using interviews with a purposive sample of government and non-government policy actors. Interviews explored factors influencing programme design and implementation and were analysed using thematic analysis. Ten in-depth interviews, including 11 participants, were conducted. The analysis revealed four themes. The Achievement Program was designed through (i) the establishment of strategic collaborations and good governance, involving people that made valuable and diverse contributions to the design process while acknowledging their (ii) positions of power, (iii) ensuring careful attention was paid to evidence-informed programme design and (iv) incorporation of real-time feedback from other settings. Policymakers believe this approach has the potential to improve policy adoption. There is a need to explore if this approach to policy development influences adherence and improves health outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/daaa020
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1117 Public Health and Health Services
1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Author(s)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30135790

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