our impact - food smarts workshops
Through pre- and post-questionnaires, we measure whether participants in our Food Smarts Workshop have made significant changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors around food choices and shopping habits. We also measure whether participants enjoy coming to class. Our latest outcome evaluation, with data taken from the summer of 2015, reported significant results across many indicators and extremely high class satisfaction.
Participants showed statistically significant improvement in
- Knowing how to read a nutrition label, use a grocery list, and avoid foods with added fats, salt and sugar
- Frequency of drinking water
- Frequency of reading nutrition labels, using a grocery list, avoiding foods with added fats, salt and sugar, and seeking out whole grain foods
- Frequency of cooking "from scratch" meals at home
- Knowing how to use the internet to answer health questions
Participants also (4="strongly agree", 3="agree", 2="disagree", 1="strongly disagree")
- Liked the facilitator and enjoyed coming to class (3.75/4)
- Would recommend the class to others (3.72/4)
We use guidance from the USDA/FNS to determine what indicators we measure. This guidance was recently updated. Our biggest change will be how we measure the short term indicators of our success. For FFY2015 and FFY2016, we tracked changes in participant knowledge as a short-term outcome of our workshops. However, beginning in FFY2017, we will focus more on an individual's intent to change, and confidence in their ability to change. Not only do we agree with the USDA that confidence and intention are more predictive of sustained behavior change, but these indicators also align well with our theory of change, which is the trans-theoretical model (more commonly known as Stages of Change.) Our new questionnaires will be released October 1st, 2016. Click the image to learn more about this topic.