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ERIC Number: EJ1141937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-5676
The Team up for School Nutrition Success Workshop Evaluation Study: Three Month Results
Cullen, Karen Weber; Rushing, Keith
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v41 n1 Spr 2017
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the "Team Up for School Nutrition Success" pilot initiative, conducted by the Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN), on meeting the objectives of the individual action plans created by school food authorities (SFAs) during the workshop. The action plans could address improving one or more of the following areas: increasing meal participation, financial management, menu planning, and plate waste. This paper presents the results of the three month evaluation. Methods: Twenty five SFAs participated in telephone interviews about four months after the workshop. The interview script consisted of four sets of questions developed to query the status of action plan goals and outcomes, and barriers encountered. A fifth question obtained comments about the workshop, such as participation in pre- and post-workshop webinars. The transcripts were reviewed and coded, and a spreadsheet was created. Results: During the interviews, most SFAs reported that they did not finish their action plans at the workshop. Six reported they were too busy after returning from the workshop to continue working on their action plans. Many noted that networking at the workshop and after they returned to their districts was very helpful. The majority thought that a follow up phone call with an ICN scientist and the attendees from their state would help them complete their action plans. Some goals were attained, but many had to be postponed until the following school year due to lack of resources. Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: It appears that the concept and general format of the workshop was sound; most reported the workshop was a positive experience. However, it appears that too many topic areas may have been covered during the workshop, with not enough time allocated for participants to engage in peer-to peer mentoring and the development goals and action plans.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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