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A Qualitative Process Evaluation of the Tools for Life Program

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Title: A Qualitative Process Evaluation of the Tools for Life Program
Author: Ranby, Sarah
Department: Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Program: Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Advisor: MacMartin, Clare
Abstract: This research project involved a process evaluation of the social-emotional teaching and learning program, Tools for Life, which had been adopted in elementary schools in a Catholic school board in southwestern Ontario, Canada to support primary prevention under the board’s mental health strategic framework. The project investigated educators’ perceptions of, and experiences with, program implementation. Twenty-eight educators who taught Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 3 took part in semi-structured interviews that were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using thematic analysis. Resulting themes included: factors affecting implementation (i.e., facilitators of, and barriers to, optimal implementation of Tools for Life); modifications that participants made to program resources and delivery and the reasons for such adaptations; and suggestions about how to support the sustainability and effective use of the Tools for Life program. Recommendations for school personnel and Tools for Life program developers, as well as directions for future research, are discussed.
Date: 2019-05
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