NCCOR has worked closely with USDA to rapidly develop, refine, and update the SNAP-Ed Toolkit — a portfolio of existing, evidence-based, and actionable tools consistent with the context and policies of SNAP and incorporating evidence-based obesity strategies. This toolkit was developed by USDA’s FNS, The Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR). The toolkit draws from various sources, including public health literature and collections of existing interventions. The latest version of the toolkit was published in April 2016 on the USDA SNAP-Ed Connection page. The NCCOR-supported online toolkit offers a robust group of effective interventions designed and updated to help states identify evidence-based and emerging obesity prevention programs and PSE strategies and interventions.
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SNAP-ED EVALUATION FRAMEWORK
Complementing this edition of the toolkit is the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Indicators. Originally developed and piloted in FNS’s Western Region in 2013, it was updated at the national level under the auspices of NCCOR in 2015. The evaluation framework includes a focused menu of outcome indicators that align with the SNAP‐Ed guiding principles and lend support to documenting changes resulting from multiple approaches in low-income nutrition education and obesity prevention efforts.
Presented in a logic model format, the framework has excellent potential for informing multi-year planning and evaluation.
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INTERPRETIVE GUIDE TO THE SNAP-ED EVALUATION FRAMEWORK
States that are now implementing comprehensive programs with direct education, social marketing, and PSE changes do not have an established or streamlined mechanism to evaluate program effectiveness and report results to funders. Working together, NCCOR, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), the Association of SNAP Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), and more than 28 states, contributed and developed theSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP‐Ed) Evaluation Framework: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Indicators.
The interpretive guide to the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework identifies and explains the indicators, outcome measures, and preferred methodologies for tracking success and developing state- and local-level SNAP‐Ed objectives and reporting program evaluation to FNS, other funders, and program stakeholders.
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SNAP-ED INTERACTIVE TOOLKIT AND EVALUATION FRAMEWORK
The interactive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Toolkit includes a searchable database and information on over 80 evidence-based obesity prevention and policy, systems, and environmental change (PSE) interventions. Additionally, it includes an interactive version of the 51 indicators from the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework and associated content from its Interpretive Guide. These combined resources guide and support the implementation, evaluation, and reporting of evidence-based SNAP-Ed programs, which are designed to help families on a limited budget make healthy eating and physical activity choices. The interactive toolkit website was created by Southern Regional Center of Excellence in Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (RNECE-South).