Evaluate Program Success
“My school provides all students with free breakfast, which we have done for a few years. Our campus is huge, and breakfast is served in only one area, near the bus loop. Kiosks might help students arrive to class on time.” —High school teacher, Florida
Breakfast after the bell programs are often promoted because they boost the number of students receiving school meals and they support the learning environment. These programs also typically impact many other aspects of school operations. To sustain a strong program, your district’s leadership team should examine how the program contributes to student well-being and look for opportunities to improve logistics. (For more on district leadership teams, see “Set Up Your Program for Success”) Collect, analyze and apply stakeholder input to reveal important information about the capacity and resources necessary to implement the program effectively. Timely program modifications can boost stakeholder satisfaction, reduce schools’ adjustment time and promote program sustainability and efficiency.
Identify program goals
Determine the questions you seek to answer about the impact of the breakfast after the bell program, such as:
- Is the program reaching more students?
- Is the program reaching the most vulnerable students (those who qualify for free or reduced-price meals)?
- How does the program support academic achievement?
- Are school building spaces clean?
- Are stakeholders satisfied with the program?