Welcome to the University of Arizona’s SNAP-Ed and Nutritional Sciences Evaluation website.
As the evaluator for Arizona’s SNAP-Ed program (known as AZ Health Zone), our research cross-cuts nutrition and activity related inquiry, including Active Living, Childhood (both Early Childhood and School Systems) and Food Systems. Our current evaluation research projects contribute to national efforts to establish and strengthen SNAP-Ed evaluation evidence and to identify key indicators for reducing health disparities.
If you are an Arizona SNAP-Ed local agency, you’ll find training and guidance here on how to implement your evaluation plan.
If you are a public health practitioner or evaluator, check out About Us and Results to read about what we do, what we’ve discovered, and what we we’ve learned that has strengthened our evaluation practice.
Our evaluation standards are:
Utility Be responsive to stakeholders’ needs & provide meaningful products.
Feasibility Design practical, realistic, & contextually appropriate evaluations.
Equity. Incorporate equity & trauma-informed principles into evaluation, engaging stakeholders at multiple levels whenever possible.
Accuracy. Use methods, designs, and analyses that are valid, reliable, and trustworthy.
Consistency. Perform repeated measurement of SNAP-Ed indicators across time.
We accept new evaluation projects when relevant. Contact Laurel Jacobs for more details.