Direct Education (DE) is nutrition and physical activity education that takes place in one-on-one or group settings. To be most effective, DE should be provided in conjunction with AZ Health Zone Policy, Systems, and Environmental strategies. In general, AZ Health Zone-approved curricula are used to deliver DE, although food demonstrations, tastings, and a variety of supplemental resources are also used to enhance behaviorally-focused lessons and engage participants.
Evaluation of Direct Education
Direct Education for AZ Health Zone is evaluated for two subgroups: Youth (where we assess multi-level interventions that combine PSEs and DE), and Adults.
- An online data collection system called SEEDS collects information on what SNAP-Ed programming is being done in Direct Education.
- The Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN) allows local agencies to describe their work in Direct Education in words and images. This provides context to understand why things are developing in certain ways.
- The Kids Activity and Nutrition Questionnaire (KAN-Q) collects information about nutrition and physical activity knowledge and behaviors of school-aged youth (4th to 8th grades). In FY21/FY22 we will be further validating the KAN-Q.
- Beginning in FY21, the AZ Health Zone adopted the trauma-informed curriculum Around the Table - Nourishing Families. In FY22, we will collect the pre and post surveys embedded in this curriculum to better understand the effects of this curriculum on both nutrition and well-being.
The adoption of trauma-aware principles at each level of the AZ Health Zone program supports interventions that are meeting individuals and families where they are at, and avoiding harm. These approaches align with the AZ Health Zone’s Guiding Principles, and are based on the CDC’s Trauma Informed Care Principles.
Evaluation of Trauma-Informed Approaches
Trauma-informed approaches are evaluated using mixed-methods.
- Surveys with AZ Health Zone staff to understand the uptake of these approaches at the individual and organizational levels.
- Surveys with participants to explore their experiences with the Around the Table curriculum.
- Interviews with AZ Health Zone educators and managers to explore their experiences with trauma informed training and implementation.
- The Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN) allows local agencies to describe their work in words and images. This provides context to understand why trauma-informed approaches are developing in certain ways.
Enhanced engagement in communities with limited resources supports greater integration of programming and sustainability that meets their needs, strengths, and desires. This principle is supported by considering the AZ Health Zone’s work through the lens of the Spectrum of Public Participation and by focusing on the consult, involve and collaborate levels.
Evaluation of Community Engagement
Community Engagement has been greatly impacted by the COVID pandemic in our AZ Health Zone communities. We seek to evaluate the community engagement that is possible virtually and in person using the following methods:
- An online data collection system called SEEDS collects information on what SNAP-Ed programming is being done that is community-engaged.
- The Semi-Annual Report Narrative (SARN) allows local agencies to describe their work in community engagement in words and images. This provides context to understand why things are developing in certain ways.
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