Swift worksite assessment and translation (SWAT) implementation guide
Corporate Authors:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
Description:This Implementation Guide explains how to conduct a SWAT assessment for a workplace health promotion program. It begins with an overview of the SWAT methodology, describes what can be learned about workplace health promotion programs, and then guides you through each of the key steps in the SWAT process: (1) a site visit consisting of interviews, an environmental assessment, and secondary data collection; (2) data analysis; and (3) reporting.
CDC developed the Swift Worksite Assessment and Translation (SWAT) method to rapidly assess and identify promising practices in workplace health promotion programs. The SWAT approach was developed as a middle-ground evaluation method that aims to be business-friendly while being solidly based in good evaluation practice. The SWAT evaluation method is intended to be used to assess worksite programs individually (e.g., one-at-a-time), not to compare worksites against one another.
SWAT differs from other types of evaluation because the SWAT process is not designed to establish firm conclusions about the effectiveness of specific workplace health practices but rather to identify practices that appear promising and merit additional, more rigorous study.
CDC developed the SWAT methodology to investigate emerging health promotion practices in worksites – “home-grown” interventions that are reputed to be successful in achieving positive health effects. The SWAT method was designed specifically for evaluating organizations we defined as small- (<300) and medium- (<5,000) sized because of the paucity of data in these settings.
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