Evaluation of Evidence
Each school will base its bullying interventions, strategies, practices and programs on evidence. Each school will take the following steps to assess its anti-bullying initiatives and strategies:
- Identify the main issues of concern raised by students, school staff, parents, and identify issues in the physical environment.
- Conduct a needs assessment; e.g., what are the current processes for reporting, response, support and follow-up on issues.
- Develop a pre- and post-evaluation strategy, based on results of school climate surveys and other relevant information. This may include suspension and expulsion data, the Board’s violent incident report, and reviews of programs and strategies. Steps in an evaluation strategy would include:
- creating a baseline and identifying areas of concern
- measuring success
- making changes where necessary
- creating an action plan to address areas of concern.
- Identify children and youth involved in bullying (including the bully, the person being bullied, and those who may have witnessed or been affected by the bullying), as well as identify and assess any risks.
- Identify learning and training opportunities that are needed.
- Review and update the plan as a result of gathering new information, and share the information with the school community.
The school will reassess the results of subsequent climate surveys to ensure its anti-bullying initiatives have been effective. This post-evaluation phase will gather evidence
to measure the success and effectiveness of prevention, responses, interventions and supports provided. The evidence will be used to make further changes, if needed, to ensure safe, caring, welcoming and inclusive school environments.