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One Good School Evaluation

One Good School Evaluation

One Good School Evaluation

One Good School (OGS) is a whole-school approach designed by Jigsaw to promote and support the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and those around them.

The initiative aims to develop a shared responsibility for mental health across the whole-school community.

It offers schools a choice from a suite of mental health activities for all members of the school community, including students, staff, and parents/caregivers. The initiative aims to improve the mental health literacy of the school community through improved information, reduced stigma and increased help-seeking intentions and self-care strategies.

Evaluation report

The evaluation report presents the findings from an acceptability and feasibility evaluation of Jigsaw’s OGS delivered over two years. The evaluation report presents the findings from an acceptability and feasibility evaluation of Jigsaw’s OGS delivered over two years. Data for this report were collected between September 2019 and May 2021.

We captured information using a variety of methods including: anonymous workshop feedback; surveys, interviews and focus groups with the whole-school community; reviewing school actions plans; and monitoring the implementation activity for OGS.

 

Who took part?

80 Schools
80 schools in Ireland took part
13 catchment areas
Schools were located across 13 catchment areas
11 subsets
A subset of 11 schools took part in a more in-depth evaluation.

We captured information using a variety of methods including: anonymous workshop feedback; surveys, interviews and focus groups with the whole-school community; reviewing school actions plans; and monitoring the implementation activity for OGS.

Key findings

Despite the massive disruption to the delivery of OGS caused by COVID-19, the vast majority (86.3%) of schools that joined successfully completed the initiative. Across the 80 schools that took part, Jigsaw staff delivered 760 OGS activities.

The most highly attended activities were delivered to students. Two student workshops were delivered to collective audiences exceeding 4,000 young people.

 

1

Workshop feedback

- Improved learning and understanding

- Majority were satisfied with the workshops

2

Survey analysis

- High familiarity with Jigsaw as a youth mental health service

- Improvements in students’ mental health beliefs

- Awareness of OGS did not reach the wider school community

- Decreased use of self-care strategies

- Decreased ratings of how schools promotes and supports mental health

- Stable scores for understanding mental health and help-seeking intentions

3

Interview findings

- Positive overall reception of the OGS initiative

- OGS was beneficial for schools and a sense that continuation was important

- Several had little knowledge about the initiative.

- Jigsaw staff noted the lack of visual OGS presence in schools.

- Jigsaw staff called for greater involvement in the development of OGS.

Summary
The overall findings point toward the acceptability and feasibility of OGS. The initiative was well received by both Jigsaw staff and members of the school community. A wide audience from across the school community successfully engaged with OGS

 

Recommendations

  • There is a need for a comprehensive and efficient system to support the coordination of the initiative and facilitate access to school-specific data on participation and engagement.
  • Future iterations should enhance the visibility of the initiative within the school setting, and improve how OGS is communicated and promoted throughout the school community–particularly caregivers.
  • Strategies to deliver content in a more efficient manner should be explored to facilitate the scalability of the initiative to work with more schools.

 

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Evaluation report

Evaluation of the acceptability and feasability of the One Good School initiative 2019 - 2021.

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