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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Database

Project: Evaluation of Food Stamp Program Nutrition Education
Award Year: 1998
Amount of award, fiscal 1998: $498,940.00
Institution: Research Triangle Institute
Principal Investigator: James Hersey
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This work develops methodology and validates instruments to support evaluation of food stamp nutrition education activities. Methods and instruments are needed which minimize respondent burden, are inexpensive and easy to administer, and are appropriate for low-literacy and/or low-income populations. The project is conducting research to support the development and validation of a methodology to evaluate the Food Stamp Program's nutrition education activities. The specific tasks conducted in the first year include:
  • using a team of national experts to complete a review and synthesis of the reliability and sensitivity to change potential measures with low-income, low literacy audiences;
  • investigate indicators of reliability and validity of potential indicators on data sources such as the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program's Evaluation/Reporting System (E/RS) and major State survey instruments; and
  • update and publish white papers and a detailed guide on how to utilize these tools in evaluation.

During the second year of the project, Research Triangle Institute will test the implementation of the data collection in one region of the country and sample the States around the Nation. During the third year of the project, they will prepare a national synthesis that describes the accomplishments of nutrition education in the United States. This project will result in a practical ongoing system that can be used to evaluate the diversity of nutrition education programs. A cooperative assistance agreement for $498,940 was awarded in the fall of 1998 to Research Triangle Institute. A revised draft of a set of "White Papers" to assist practitioners on how and when to utilize specific tools in evaluation is being readied for publication. These White Papers have been submitted for publication. The completion date for this project is March, 2001.

Topic: Data Collection and Methodology, Nutrition Education, SNAP/Food Stamp Program
Output:
Anliker, J., C. Miller, R. Mullis, S. Daugherty, S. Das, C. Bray, P. Dennee, M. Sigman-Grant, and H. Thomas. "Food Shopping Practices Are Associated With Dietary Quality in Low-Income Households," Journal of Nutrition Education, Vol. 33, Supplement 1, Special Issue on Evaluation of Nutrition Education With Low-Income Families, September 2001.
Gregson, J., S. Foerster, R. Orr, L. Jones, J. Benedict, B. Clarke, J. Hersey, J. Lewis, and K. Zotz. "System, Environmental, and Policy Changes: Using the Social-Ecological Model as a Framework for Evaluating Nutrition Education and Social Marketing Programs with Low-Income Audiences," Journal of Nutrition Education, Vol. 33, Supplement 1, Special Issue on Evaluation of Nutrition Education With Low-Income Families, September 2001.
Keenan, D., C. Olson, J. Hersey, and S. Parmer. "Measures of Food Insecurity/Security," Journal of Nutrition Education, Vol. 33, Supplement 1, Special Issue on Evaluation of Nutrition Education With Low-Income Families, September 2001.
McClelland, J., D. Keenan, J. Lewis, S. Foerster, S. Sugerman, P. Mara, S. Wu, S. Lee, K. Keller, J. Hersey, and C. Lindquist. "Review of Evaluation Tools Used to Assess the Impact of Nutrition Education on Dietary Intake and Quality, Weight Management Practices, and Physical Activity of Low-Income Audiences," Journal of Nutrition Education, Vol. 33, Supplement 1, Special Issue on Evaluation of Nutrition Education With Low-Income Families, September 2001.
Medeiros, L., V. Hillers, P. Kendall, and A. Mason. "Evaluation of Food Safety Education for Consumers," Journal of Nutrition Education, Vol. 33, Supplement 1, Special Issue on Evaluation of Nutrition Education With Low-Income Families, September 2001.
Weimer, J., P. McKinney, and L. Benning. "Tools to Assess Nutrition Education with Low-Income Families," Journal of Nutrition Education, Vol. 33, Supplement 1, Special Issue on Evaluation of Nutrition Education With Low-Income Families, September 2001.

Last updated: Thursday, July 05, 2012

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