Journal article

Harnessing complexity: taking advantage of context and relationships in dissemination of school-based interventions.

Helen Butler, Glenn Bowes, Sarah Drew, Sara Glover, Celia Godfrey, George Patton, Lea Trafford, Lyndal Bond

Health Promot Pract | Published : 2010


Schools and school systems are increasingly asked to use evidence-based strategies to promote the health and well-being of students. The dissemination of school-based health promotion research, however, offers particular challenges to conventional approaches to dissemination. Schools and education systems are multifaceted organizations that sit within constantly shifting broader contexts. This article argues that health promotion dissemination needs to be rethought for school communities as complex systems and that this requires understanding and harnessing the dynamic ecology of the sociopolitical context. In developing this argument, the authors draw on their experience of the disseminatio..

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