The Atlantic School Board Policy Inventory (ASBPI) was developed using the American School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) as a model. Supported by the Atlantic Networks for Prevention Research (ANPR) and sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the purpose of the ASBPI was to provide regional data on school-level policies and practices related to smoking, healthy eating/nutrition, physical activity, sexual health, violence/bullying/harassment, drug and alcohol use and accident/injury prevention.
The ASBPI was designed for implementation within the Atlantic Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island in schools containing grades 7-9.
With permission from the Department of Education in each Atlantic province, each school board was invited to participate in the study. The inventory was distributed to the superintendent or director of education of each school board and each administrator was asked to complete the policy inventory based on the policies and programs in their schools containing grades 7-9. The data collection took place during the 2005-06 school year.
The ASBPI is an important resource for school and public health practitioners, scientists, advocates, policy makers, and all those who care about the health and safety of youth and their ability to succeed academically and socially. A summary report is available upon request.