Workshop at the 2013 Active Living Research Annual Conference.
This 75-minute workshop provided an in-depth demonstration of the uses of the C.L.A.S.S. data and tools for evaluation research and policy tracking of state-level laws for physical education and activity in schools. The goal was to increase user awareness of C.L.A.S.S. tools and to provide examples of how these resources and data may be used. The workshop:
Provided an overview of school policy assessment in light of prevailing standards for PE and school nutrition, and demonstrated the C.L.A.S.S. Policy Mapping and State Profile Tools, and research BRIEFS and how they may used for non-academic as well as academic purposes.
Provided research examples of how CLASS has been linked with other data sources for use in multilevel investigations to link state level policy data with school and individual level outcomes.
Familiarized participants to new additions to the database, such as a scoring scheme for state laws governing joint use agreements in schools, and discussed opportunities available from the National Institutes of Health to support research related to School PE and Nutrition Policy.