As part of the popular Connect & Explore webinar series, NCCOR hosted a two-part feature on the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework. On August 18, the webinar titled “SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework: Measuring Success in Low-Income Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Programs” explored how to use the framework to evaluate nutrition education and obesity prevention programs. Guest speakers included: Andrew Naja-Riese, MSPH, Chief, Program Integrity Branch, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Laurel Jacobs, DrPH, MPH, Lead Evaluator, Arizona SNAP-Ed, The University of Arizona; and Theresa Le Gros, MA, Evaluator, Arizona SNAP-Ed, The University of Arizona. Speakers discussed the Evaluation Framework and how Arizona SNAP-Ed has used the Framework in their evaluation efforts.
On September 8, NCCOR hosted part two of the series, “SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework: Strategies and Tools for Measuring the Priority Indicators.” The webinar discussed the seven SNAP-Ed priority indicators from the Evaluation Framework and shared practical examples of measuring healthy eating behaviors, physical activity, and reduced sedentary behaviors in low-income children and families. Speakers included: Jean Butel, MPH, Junior Researcher, RNECE-PSE Milestone 5 Project Manager and CHL Intervention Coordinator, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; Lauren Whetstone, PhD, Project Scientist, Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Unit, Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Heidi LeBlanc MS, CFCS, Food $ense Director, Utah State University.
The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework Connect & Explore series gained some of the highest attendance levels compared to all Connect & Explore webinars. Both webinars also generated an extraordinary amount of thoughtful questions. Unfortunately, time did not permit speakers to answer all of the questions, so we have now added a FAQ resource to the SNAP-Ed page of the NCCOR website. Read the answers to over 20 audience questions here.