Project: Incentives for a health promoting school development

Peer reviewed and published

This project was submitted on 08/06/2015, published on 11/06/2015, and peer reviewed by Ivan Williams

The aim of the school development award “Good and Healthy School” is to reward schools in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for their health oriented organizational development. Within the application procedures a broad range of health and safety related quality aspects are considered.
The evaluation of this incentive system includes the yearly questioning of the participating schools and a survey of about 1.000 participating and non-participating schools.
20% of all schools in NRW applied for the award at least once. More than 270 of them have been awarded one or more times. The main motivation to participate is the necessity to receive impulses for school development. Furthermore, external feedback, prize money, and public recognition play a significant role.
Incentive systems in schools can lead to substantial improvements. It does not only achieve an impact by its monetary incentive but by the mediated health and safety related contents.

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Occupational health & wellbeing
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Incentives for a health promoting school development - the school development award “Good and Healthy School” in NRW

Objectives
The aim of the school development award “Good and Healthy School” is to reward schools for their health oriented organizational development. Since 2008 schools in North Rhine-Westphalia can apply for the award and gain an amount of up to 15.000 Euros. About 50 schools are awarded every year. Within the application procedures a broad range of health and safety related quality aspects are considered.
Methods
The comprehensive evaluation of this prevention program and incentive system includes the yearly questioning of the successful and not successful schools. It furthermore comprises a survey of about 1.000 participating and non-participating schools. The procedure and main evaluation results are reported.
Results
Over the last 6 Years 1.300 schools in North Rhine-Westphalia (20%) applied for the award at least once. More than 270 of them have been awarded one or more times. The main reason for headmasters, not to participate is the lack of time and human resources. The results of the questioning show that the main motivation to participate is the necessity to receive impulses for school development. Furthermore, external feedback, prize money, and public recognition play a significant role for participation. The data also permit to infer a prioritization of quality aspects which may be used as a strategy for health oriented school development. It can be shown that improvements in the daily structures or the school climate can be achieved more easily than in health management, working conditions or teamwork. It should therefore be given priority at the beginning of a health orientated development process.
Conclusion
Economic incentives in schools can lead to substantial improvements in health orientated school development. The award induces a discussion within the schools that can be structured by the application instruments and focused on the required health topics. The school development award “Good and Healthy School” is therefore a successful prevention tool, that not only achieves an impact by its monetary incentive but by the mediated health and safety related contents.

Organisation: Hochschule für Gesundheit - University of Applied Sciences

University
University of Applied Sciences
Germany

Principal Investigator: Dr Sven Dieterich

sven.dieterich@hs-gesundheit.de
peer reviewing
cooperation in the field of injury prevention and health promotion in schools

Other Researchers: Günther Gediga
Gerrit Schnabel
Heinz Hundeloh

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