School Health Action Planning and Evaluation System -
Prince Edward Island (SHAPES-PEI)
What is SHAPES-PEI?
SHAPES-PEI is a data collection and knowledge exchange system that is designed to measure and monitor youth health across Prince Edward Island. SHAPES-PEI uses school-based surveys (the provincial SHAPES survey and the national Youth Smoking Survey) to ask students questions about physical activity, healthy eating, mental fitness, and tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.
SHAPES-PEI is funded by the PEI Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and the PEI Department of Health and Wellness and is implemented by the Comprehensive School Health Research (CSHR) Group at the University of Prince Edward Island. Planning for SHAPES-PEI first occurred in 2007-08 as a response to the need for a more coordinated approach to school health data collection at the individual school level, as well as provincially. The implementation of SHAPES-PEI is made possible by leveraging funds from the national implementation of the Youth Smoking Survey (funded by Health Canada), of which Prince Edward Island has been a part since 2004.
The project serves as a mechanism to support school communities in promoting healthy living using local data. School Health Profiles summarize the results of the survey at the school, school board, and provincial level. These results help schools, communities, and public health services take action to support and improve the health of young people in PEI. Data can be complied at various levels to identify trends for policy and planning, and develop strategies for intervention.
Why a Provincial, School-Based Survey?
- Comprehensive, local data for PEI is rarely obtained
- Information can help prioritize the health needs of youth in the province
- Schools, school boards, and provincial health and education departments have timely access to data that supports action and addresses identified needs
- Ability to identify contributing factors to healthy lifestyle behaviours and choices
Looking For More Information? Contact the Project Coordinator:
Health Sciences Building, #218
University of Prince Edward Island
Phone: (902) 894-2891
Fax: (902) 566-6486