Evaluating Iowa's anti-bullying legislation for compliance and impact

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This study will assess the implementation of Iowa's anti-bullying legislation and the effects on student-reported bullying victimization. The team will: (1) identify the processes by which Iowa middle schools have carried out provisions and complied with recent state anti-bullying legislation; (2) assess the impact of Iowa's anti-bullying legislation on rates of bullying victimization in Iowa middle schools; and (3) discern how compliance has modified the effect of the law. Beginning with a qualitative multiple case study approach with four purposely selected Iowa middle schools, data will be collected from school and district administrators responsible for anti-bullying policies and procedures. Second, those findings will be used to construct a tool to measure level of compliance with the state law and carry out a statewide survey with all middle school principals. Administrator compliance data will then be linked with Iowa Youth Survey data to determine if compliance modifies the effect of the law. Deliverables include: articles in peer-reviewed journals, a report to Iowa schools, and articles in relevant trade journals.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $150,000.00

Awarded on: 11/7/2012

Time frame: 11/15/2012 - 5/14/2014

Grant Number: 70507


University of Iowa College of Public Health

145 North Riverside Drive
100 CPHB
Iowa City, 52242-5000


Marizen Ramirez
Project Director