Best Practices Development Methodology

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  • Each Best Practices survey was developed, vetted, reviewed and tested by multiple experts in the appropriate field.
  • Surveys were administered through SurveyMonkey, and survey data analyzed using a specially designed database.
  • Surveys were developed as a series of statements e.g. ‘The Weight Room is supervised at all times’.
  • Staff members completing the surveys have three response options for all Best Practice statements, and a ‘response value’ is assigned to each response:

2:         ‘Currently doing this’
1:         ‘Plan to do this’
0:         ‘Not planning to do this’

  • Each Best Practice statement is assigned a ‘weight factor’ using a 3, 2, 1 scale to reflect their relative importance.

3:         Critical
2:         Very important
1:         Important

  • A score for each Best Practice statement is determined by multiplying the ‘response value’ and the ‘weight factor’ (e.g. a ‘currently doing this’ response (2) coupled with a ‘critical’ weight factor (3) scored a total of 2×3 = 6).
  • Using these calculations, a ‘Category Score’ is calculated for each category (staffing, supervision etc.) within each survey.
  • A ‘Total Score’ for each Best Practice area is obtained by adding the scores from all Categories.

 

 

It’s great to work with expertise who really understand the critical issues of managing our inherent risk in recreation and student programming. As a professional who is committed to providing safe programming, it’s essential to know your problem areas and how your program measures up nationally. I want to do everything possible to identify weaknesses and build concrete action plans – and this assessment tool does both!

Kathleen Hatch

Director, University Recreation
Washington State University

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