DASH! (Dynamic Active Safe Healthy)

Project Details

DASH (Dynamic, Active, Safe, Healthy) is a new in-school, whole-class program being piloted by Blue Light Victoria in rural Victoria for primary school students in Years 5 and 6. DASH aims to increase the wellbeing of students and improve their community connectedness. It involves eight 90-minute sessions delivered weekly over a school term by a trained Blue Light Victoria facilitator, plus an online session for parents and an end-of-program “showcase” event. Blue Light Victoria commissioned the AERC to evaluate the program experiences and outcomes for youth participants and parent/caregiver participants of DASH programs in 2022 and 2024. The evaluation will enable Blue Light Victoria's ongoing learning and program refinement (a formative purpose) as well as producing overall findings suitable for a broader audience and potential future funders (a summative purpose). In 2022, the AERC delivered the evaluation framework, measurement model, data collection protocols and reporting templates for data collection and evaluation of DASH in 2023 and 2024.