Early assessment of programs and policies on childhood obesity

Across the country, cities, neighborhoods and school districts are developing strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Out of all this local variety, some strategies may have powerful effects on eating and physical activity. However, the field is still uncertain about which changes are effective and about the best strategies to make change. The variety of possible changes itself poses a challenge because both time and resources are limited to properly evaluate effectiveness. The purpose of this project is to focus resources on the most promising strategies and reduce uncertainty about impact before the Foundation or other funders commit to costly evaluation. The deliverables will be: (1) assessments of up to 30 local strategies each year to find the ones that are most plausibly effective; (2) expert judgments of the promise of these local strategies; (3) a plan for evaluation of the most promising strategies and limited technical assistance to some that are promising but not ready for evaluation; (4) constructive feedback to all the local innovators whose strategies were assessed; (5) baseline evaluation of one promising strategy in year two; and (6) a report on common themes, challenges and opportunities from the local assessments to give timely insights about strategies for change.The project will be considered successful if it helps identify promising strategies and prepares the way for a rigorous testing of impact by linking the developers of these local strategies with researchers, funders and decision makers.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $3,463,502.00

Awarded on: 11/9/2006

Time frame: 11/1/2006 - 4/30/2010

Grant Number: 56623


National Foundation for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Inc.

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Atlanta, 30308-2219


Julie Smith
Project Director