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Community-based Meal Kit Program

Community-based Meal Kit Program


During the developmental phase it is important to establish benchmarks or goals for the program and determine the best ways to assess the program efficacy in these areas. This helps to define the expected outcomes and provides a framework for assessing the program's efficacy. Below are tips for setting benchmarks or goals and assessing program efficacy:

  • Identify specific, measurable goals

    Goals should be specific and measurable, so that progress can be tracked and evaluated over time. For example, a goal might be to increase fruit and vegetable intake by 50% among program participants.

  • Establish a baseline

    Before implementing the program, establish a baseline measurement for each goal. This provides a starting point for evaluating progress and assessing the program's impact.

  • Use evidence-based measures

    Use evidence-based measures to evaluate the program's impact. For example, if the goal is to increase food security, use a validated survey or measurement tool to assess the change in food security status among program participants from baseline to post intervention.

  • Monitor progress

    Regularly monitor progress towards the established goals and adjust the program as needed to ensure that the program stays on track and achieves the desired outcomes.

  • Evaluate the program's impact

    Conduct a formal evaluation of the program's impact using the established measures. This can help to determine the program’s efficacy and identify areas for improvement.

Slice and Spice Program Evaluation Tools

    There were several evaluation tools administered to the program's demographics. Expand each tool below to learn more.

    MacArthur Scale of Subjective Social Status

    Assesses perceived social status.

    • Demographic: meal kit recipients
    • Frequency: Baseline, Post-Intervention, and 6-Month Follow Up
    • Domains: social status
    • Related abstracts:
      • Yarborough, J., Chambers, K., Carmen, K., Ramirez Sierra, I., House, L., Mathews, A., Shelnutt, K. (2022). A Healthy Meal Kit Intervention Improves Subjective Social Status of Rural and Suburban Participants with Low-income. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 54 (7S), S86-S87.