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Evaluating the Four-Day School Week Policy

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Jul 30, 2018

The Evaluating the Four-Day School Week Policy grant will fund the evaluation of four-day school week policies in rural settings and an associated cost study. The overall goal of the program is to build the evidence about the pros and cons of such policies and their impact on the academic, social, emotional, and physical well-being of children, as well as the impact on their families and communities in order to guide policy decisions of decision-makers in rural communities.

Proposals must include the following components:

  • A description of the implementation of the four-day school week policy in the participating school district(s) and ways in which the district(s) may have leveraged the fifth day to support student enrichment opportunities.
  • An evaluation examining the policy impacts on rural students' academic, physical, social, and/or emotional health and well-being. If possible, family- and community-level outcomes could be evaluated as well.
  • A cost study documenting potential district-level savings of a four-day school week compared to a traditional five-day school week. The cost study should also account for the cost of fifth day enrichment opportunities that might have been implemented.
  • A study design that describes plans for data collection and analysis, sample recruitment, power calculations, and data sources.
  • A strategy for translating and disseminating research findings to reach key policy audiences.
  • Research team qualifications related to evaluation skills, experience in collecting and analyzing cost data, history in working with rural schools, and expertise in whole child health and well-being.

Preference will be given to applicant organizations that are either institutes of higher education, public entities, or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations but other types of nonprofit and for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Applicants with proposals that have identified school district(s) expressing strong interest in or commitment to participating in the study at the full proposal stage (Phase 2) will receive preference.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding
Up to $1 million for a 24-36 month project
Application process

Links to the application instructions and online application portal are available on the program website.

Submit a brief proposal by July 30, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by September 19, 2018.

Tagged as
Children and youth · Evaluation methods and resources · Healthcare needs and services · Policy · Schools

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