A variety of organizations and individuals, including state departments of education, health departments, advocacy and community organizations, researchers, school board members, school business officials and food service directors, are currently involved in evaluating school nutrition policies and their effects. Samuels & Associates has received requests from many of these organizations (e.g., New York City schools, University of Tennessee, University of South Carolina, Westchester County, U.S. Department of Agriculture, General Accounting Office and foundations) for technical assistance or protocols for monitoring and evaluating school nutrition policies. The purpose of this project is to develop a training program on school nutrition policy implementation and monitoring to strengthen the capacity of these agents to monitor and assess the implementation of policies and demonstrate changes occurring as a result of these policies. The training program will foster a learning community for inquiry and sharing of lessons learned, and inform the field, policy makers and school district personnel of methodologies and findings. This project fits within the Foundation's Childhood Obesity program area's emphasis on schools, building the evidence base, testing policy and environmental approaches, and educating leaders. The objectives of the project are to: (1) conduct five training sessions for up to 20 participant organizations each to increase participants' understanding of the importance of implementation for policy success; (2) introduce tools for setting implementation and monitoring goals; (3) provide guidance in developing preliminary plans for monitoring the school policy's implementation; (4) empower participants with tools for future monitoring and evaluation activities; (5) facilitate sharing of lessons learned across school districts; (6) identify opportunities for participants to provide leadership for implementation and monitoring of school nutrition policies; and (7) contribute to the identification of school nutrition environment measures and to the development of common evaluation measures across school districts.
Amount Awarded $76,824.00
Awarded on: 6/20/2006
Time frame: 6/15/2006 - 12/14/2007
Grant Number: 56800