Impact of ImPACT : a program evaluation of a northwest Missouri school distric's impact concussion program
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[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] The purpose of this qualitative case study program evaluation was to explore the current process being used to implement the ImPACT concussion program in a Northwest Missouri School District (District X). In addition, this study also added to the body of literature regarding the evaluation of the implementation of concussion programs under the Missouri Concussion Law. This study was guided through the lenses of Rational Choice Theory and Program Evaluation to aid the focus of the study. The overarching questions that guided the research are as followed; what were the intended purposes of District X‟s ImPACT program? What process and procedures have been put into place to fulfill the intended purposes and State mandates? How are athletes, coaches, administration, doctors, parents and teachers educated about the ImPACT program? How are athletes, coaches, administration, doctors, parents, teachers implementing process and procedures of the ImPACT program? This qualitative study used review of previous literature, document review, interviews, observations field notes and focus groups to obtain data. Findings of the data took the form of five themes. The themes were theme one there is a need for the ImPACT program. The second theme Program is conceptualized in a manner that will work, Theme three ImPACT program was implemented according to programming, theme four ImPACT has an impact on intended targets and Theme five Cost Effectiveness. The findings from the study provide District X and any other district implications of practice when implementing an ImPACT concussion program for their athletes and areas to consider when doing a program evaluation to ensure program success.
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