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ERIC Number: EJ1161332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-5676
Essential KPIs for School Nutrition Program Success
Rushing, Keith
Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, v41 n2 Fall 2017
Purpose/Objectives: The purpose of the project was to develop a research based resource to support SN professionals in effectively utilizing KPIs to manage their programs. Methods: This project consisted of four phases. In Phase 1, a think tank of eight school nutrition professionals identified the general topic areas and format for the resource. During Phase 2, Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) researchers identified draft content for the resource using information school nutrition management and food service management textbooks and resources and government Web sites. For Phase 3, an expert work group of 11 school nutrition (SN) professionals working electronically and face-to-face over a period of a few months, adapted the draft content and format of the resource to best meet the needs of school nutrition directors and managers. In Phase 4, the resource was assessed and validated by a review panel of eight SN professionals. Results: The result of the project is a resource titled "Essential KPIs for School Nutrition Program Success." The resource includes three chapters (1. The KPIs, 2. Case Study, 3. Utilizing KPIs) and an appendix. The 12 KPIs included in chapter 1 are: Meal Equivalents (MEQ), Average Daily Participation (ADP) Revenues, Expenditures, Revenue Per Meal Equivalent (MEQ), Cost Per Meal Equivalent (MEQ), Cost as a Percentage of Revenue, Break-Even Point (BEP), Inventory Turnover Rate, Meals Per Labor Hour (MPLH), Staff Turnover Rate, and Absenteeism Rate. Applications to Child Nutrition Professionals: ICN, Applied Research Division recommends that SN professionals use this resource as a desk reference for identifying and utilizing KPIs to help effectively manage their SN programs. Further, SN directors can use this resource to train their management staff on utilizing KPIs. ICN is in the process of developing a series of online training programs based on the content of the resource. Once the program is complete, it will be made available on the ICN website.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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