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CX3 Market Quality Scorecard

Purpose: Community wellness assessment tool.

Description: Provides tools for measuring access, availability, quality and promotion of nutritious foods in food stores. The Market Quality Scorecard can demonstrate how a food store is performing and where it could it improve with regard to: access, availability, quality, and promotion of nutritious foods.

This resource was created by the Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention Branch (NEOPB) of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Tags: #community #foodstores #survey


USDA Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit

Purpose:  Assess community food security.

Description: This toolkit provides a guide on collecting data to assess community food security. In addition, it contains standardized measurement tools for assessing community food security. The toolkit contains six assessment components: profile of community socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, profile of community resources, assessment of household food security, assessment of food resource accessibility, assessment of food availability and affordability, and assessment of community food production resources.  Appendices A and B include data collection tools (tables, surveys, and focus group guides).

Developed as a byproduct of the Community Food Security Assessment Conference held in June 1999 hosted by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and numerous other participants.   

Tags: #community #foodsecurity #qualitative #survey #focusgroup


Whole Measures for Community Food Systems (Whole Measures CFS)

Purpose: Evaluating food systems and food security in communities.

Description: This guide was designed as a planning and evaluation tool for food systems in communities. It uses a six-step process for assessing and measuring the outcomes of projects in communities related to food systems by focusing on six fields of practice. The six-step evaluation process outlined is as follows: forming an evaluation team, understanding the rubrics, defining intended outcomes, individual ratings, group dialogue and utilizing results. The six fields of practice are justice and fairness, strong communities, vibrant farms, healthy people, sustainable ecosystems, and thriving local economies.

Created by Community Food Security Coalition.

Tags: #communityfood #foodsecurity


Congregational Health Index (CHI)

Purpose: Assess nutrition and physical activity in faith-based congregations.

Description: This survey tool is designed to enable the leaders and members of faith-based congregations assess their facility, policies, and practices in promoting health. The first section of the survey assesses food in the congregation and the second section assesses physical activity in congregation. A scoring system is embedded in the surveys that can be used to implement an effective improvement plan.

Created by the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and Community Health Partnership: Oregon’s Public Health Institute.

Tags: #communityhealth #communitynutrition #physicalactivity #survey #church #congregation


Hazon Food Audit Toolkit and Food Guide

Purpose: Assess sustainable food choices in community institutions serving kosher food.  

Description: This toolkit is designed to assist community institutions in evaluating the sustainability of their food choices. It includes a survey and guide with resources that focus on each of the following areas: sourcing and serving food sustainably, eating together, cooking, food waste, food education, community supported agriculture and gardens, and food justice.  

Created by Hazon. 

Tags: #communityhealth #communitynutrition #foodwaste #foodeducation #communitygarden #kosher #qualitative


Evaluating Community Food Hubs: A Practical Guide

Purpose: Evaluating impact of community food hubs.

Description: This guide was designed as a resource to aid community hubs in creating and implementing an evaluation strategy. It walks the reader through a step-by-step evaluation process that includes: an introduction to evaluation, how to determine readiness for evaluation, ways to evaluate community food hubs, and how to use evaluation results. Sample tables are available of common community food hub activities and examples of process evaluation measures for each activity. In addition, sample tables of common outcome measures are listed and methods for measuring those outcomes. 

Created by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Tags: #foodhubs #communitynutrition #foodenvironment #qualitative

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Community Food Project Evaluation Handbook

Community Food Project Evaluation Toolkit

Purpose: Evaluation of community food programs.

Description: The Community Food Project Handbook and Community Food Project Toolkit serve as a resource for food projects to have consistent evaluation measures. The Handbook walks the reader through the stages of developing and implementing program evaluation. It contains concepts, specific examples and evaluation worksheets. The toolkit is divided into three parts: general evaluation tools, project-level evaluation tools, and system-level evaluation tools. It contains an extensive list of surveys, evaluation templates, and tracking forms for food various projects. Community food projects included are farmers’ markets, community gardens, community support agriculture projects, and farm to school projects. 

Created by the Community Food Security Coalition in collaboration with the National Research Center, Inc. 

Tags:#communityfood #farmersmarket #communitygarden #surveys #trackingforms #qualitative


The Good Food Toolkit: A Food Sustainability and Justice Evaluation and Planning Guide for Faith Communities

Purpose: Assess good food policies of faith-based communities.

Description: The toolkit consists of an evaluation tool, planning guide and resources for faith-based organization to assess the promotion of good food policies in their community. There are four main evaluation categories: eating well, donating well, teaching well, and acting well. 

Developed by Baltimore Food & Faith Project

Tags: #communitynutrition #community #faithbased #church


Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS)

Purpose: Assess nutrition environment within restaurants, food stores, corner stores and vending machines.

Description: NEMS tools are observational measures to assess the nutrition environment within four distinct food outlets: restaurants, food stores, corner stores, and vending machines. Each food outlet has a specific set of measures, protocol, and scoring card to assess its nutrition environment. In addition, there is a survey that gathers the perceived nutrition environment, NEMS-P[1]. This survey covers the following key constructs: community nutrition environment, consumer nutrition environment, home food environment, food shopping behaviors, eating behaviors and background characteristics.  

Developed by the University of Pennsylvania. Center for Health Behavior Research.

Tags: #foodstore #nutritionenvironment #survey

[1]  Adapted from: GREEN, S. H., & GLANZ, K. 2015. Development of the Perceived Nutrition Environment Measures Survey. Am J Prev Med, 49, 50-61.


Neighborhood Food Assessment Toolkit

Purpose: Assess current conditions of an area’s food environment.

Description: This toolkit takes the readers through a six-step process for assessing the food environment in their area. The six-step are as follows: define the study area; create a coalition; gather neighborhood place and demographic data; collect primary source data, identify trends, potential barriers, and opportunities; and present findings, identify barriers, and prioritize possible solutions. The appendices contain a guideline for price comparison tool, store layout and marketing analysis worksheets, sample survey questions, and key informant interview example questions.

Developed by the Idaho Plan4Health Coalition.


Compendium of Surveys for Nutrition Education and Obesity prevention

Purpose: Evaluating nutrition education programs. 

Description: This compendium contains numerous tools for evaluation programs working with children, teens, and adults. It includes surveys and questionnaires that measure change in consumption of fruits, vegetables, and physical activity; as well as, surveys that focus on food security and factors that influence those behaviors. Most of the surveys are in English, however, some surveys are also available in Spanish and Chinese.

Note that some of the surveys have been validated and should not be modified. Others can be modified to reflect the specific items targeted by the intervention.

Compiled by the Research and Evaluation Section of the California Department of Public Health. Funded by the USDA SNAP (known in CA as CalFresh).

Tags: #nutritioneducation #obesity #surveys #spanish #chinese


Farmers’ Market Audit Tool

Purpose: Assess healthfulness of farmers’ market in rural and urban settings.

Description: Measures overall availability of healthier food options at farmers’ market. The first set of questions are intended to gather demographics about the farmers’ market. The second half of the survey is adapted from the Nutrition Environment Measurement Survey – Stores[1]. It assesses the availability, price, and quality of various fruits, vegetables, meats, cheese, eggs and bread products available at the farmers’ market.

Created by Montana State and based on the Nutrition Environment Measurement Survey Stores.

Tags: #farmersmarket #qualitative

[1] Adapted from: GLANZ, K., SALLIS, J. F., SAELENS, B. E. & FRANK, L. D. 2007. Nutrition Environment Measures Survey in stores (NEMSS): development and evaluation. Am J Prev Med, 32, 282-9.


Farming Concrete Data Collection Toolkit

Purpose: Evaluation tool for urban farmers and community gardens.

Description: This tool contains twenty different methods for measuring, tracking and analyzing how successful a garden is at meetings its goals across five categories: food projection, health benefits, social benefits, environmental benefits, and economic benefits. The other component of this tool called “Barn” is an online portal for farmers and gardeners to input their data and track it with generated reports. All of the collected data is available for public use in the “Mill”.  

Developed by the Design Trust for Public Space and Farming Concrete.

Tags: #urbanfarms #communitygardens #garden #farmers


Developing and Assessing Nutrition Education Handouts (DANEH) checklist 

Purpose: Assess nutrition education handouts.

Description: This tool was developed to assess nutrition education handouts. It is designed as a “yes” or “no” checklist that incorporates 21 constructs that have been identified as quality indicators for nutrition education handouts. The five main topic areas of these constructs are content, behavior focus, cultural sensitivity, written word, and organization/readability.

Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Tags: #nutritioneducation #handouts #content #behavior #culture #readability #qualitative


Assessing the Impact of Nutrition Education at Produce Distributions

Purpose: Nutrition education interventions at food banks.

Description: This research study evaluates the impact of brief nutrition education interventions– nutritional message displays, MyPlate, recipe and educational handouts—on food bank clients. The appendices of this paper contains helpful tools for research evaluators such as, an intervention observation form, control group interview questions, and intervention group interview questions. 

Created by the California Association of Food Banks.

Tags: #nutritioneducation #foodbands #qualitative


WellSat: School Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool

Purpose: Assessing school wellness policies.

Description: This tool provides a standardized and reliable quantitative assessment of the completeness and strength of school wellness policies in US schools. The policies are evaluated based on the degree to which they address the 50 policy items in the five following categories: Nutrition Education and Wellness Promotion, Standards for USDA Child Nutrition Programs and School Meals, Nutrition Standards for Competitive and Other Foods and Beverages, Physical Education and Activity, and Evaluation.  

Created by Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Program, Working Group 1.

Tags: #school #foodpolicy #childnutrition #schoolfood

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Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA) Student Survey

Purpose: Student nutrition and physical activity survey.

Description: This detailed survey assesses (10-14 year old) student’s physical activity level, foods that are available in their home, food intake, and food environment in school. 

Created by GAVA in coordination with University of Texas.

Tags: #student #foodintake #foodenvironment #survey

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Go! Austin/Vamos! Austin (GAVA) Parent Survey

Purpose: Parent nutrition and physical activity survey.

Description: This detailed survey assesses the parent’s access to healthy foods, motivation and social norms, food intake, physical activity, access and utilization of physical facilities and the nutrition and physical activity of kindergarten-aged child.

Created by GAVA in coordination with University of Texas.

Tags: #foodaccess #foodintake #familynutrition #survey #parents


Child Care Nutrition and Physical Activity Assessment Survey

Purpose: Preschool/School-aged child nutrition and physical activity survey.

Description: This survey is designed for child-care center directors’ to complete on behalf of their program. It assesses the foods served at meals and snacks, eating environment, health curriculum and staff training, physical activity, nutrition and physical activity policies, and barriers to promoting a healthy child care environment.

Created by Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.

Tags: #preschool #childnutrition #survey #foodenvironment #physicalactivity


Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School

Purpose: Evaluation for farm to school programs.

Description: This paper provides evaluation resources and tools to examine the effectiveness of farm to school activities. This tool contains a table for tracking farm to school activities over a school year. It also contains summary tables of priority outcomes, indicators and measures for program, policy and research levels.

Developed by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), August 2014.

Tags: #farmtoschool #qualitative


Colorado Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit

Purpose: Evaluation for farm to school programs.

Description: This guide serves as a resource for farm to school programs to conduct evaluations. It contains data collection tools; such as, an evaluation plan template and tools for measuring outcomes for students, parents, teachers, food service staff & operations, producers, school leadership and community members.

Created by the Colorado Farm to School Task Force and Spark Policy Institute.

Tags: #farmtoschool #qualitative


Wisconsin Farm to School: Toolkit for School Nutrition Programs

Purpose: Evaluation tools for school nutrition programs.

Description: This toolkit was designed as a resource for school nutrition programs to help create farm to school programs. Throughout the resource, links are available that can be used as evaluation tools; such as, the school nutrition director survey, monthly activity reports, local purchasing tracking, student focus groups, garden activities tracking sheet .

Created by University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Tags: #farmtoschool #qualitative #schoolnutrition


NCCOR Measures Registry

Purpose: Validated tools for diet and physical activity in childhood obesity.

Description: The NCCOR Measures Registry is a database of tools and research methods that assess diet and physical activity in childhood obesity research. The tools available include questionnaires, instruments, diaries, direct observations of people or environments, and analytic techniques.

Created by National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research

Tags: #childhoodobesity #questionnaires #qualitative


Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit for Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools (JFFLS)

Purpose: Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating JFFLS.

Description: JFFLS is an organization that empowers orphans and other vulnerable children living in sub-Saharian African countries where HIV/AIDs has had a strong impact. JFFLS curriculum is based three pillars: an experimental learning field, special topics in agriculture, and life skills. Their intention is to improve the livelihood for participants and thereby, improving their food security. This toolkit serves as a guide and resource for monitoring and evaluating the JFFLS organization and its program activities. Included in this toolkit are various qualitative and participatory data collection tools; such as, monthly activity and monitoring planning forms, quarterly monitoring report, monitoring and evaluation questionnaire for JFFLS facilitators, youth questionnaire, and  focus group discussion guide for youth participants and JFFLS participant caretakers.  

Created by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Tags: #agriculture #foodsecurity #qualitative #youthprogram


Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool

Purpose: Assess and measure food access in Native American communities.

Description: This contains data collection tools to examine the food system assets of

Native American communities. The basis of this tool focuses on assessing their food access, land use and food policy. The appendices contain assessment templates that have been designed to create change in their community; this includes, “key questions to get you thinking about the assessment”, “community member profile” that provides a sample survey, asset mapping for conducting in-depth data-collection from specific people and various different worksheets.

Created by the Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative with funding by W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Tags: #foodsystem #foodenvironment #foodaccess #communitynutrition #nativeamerican #agriculture #qualitative


Food Security and Livelihood Monitoring and Evaluation

Purpose: Guide for field workers to assess food security and livelihood (FSL).

Description: This guide contains various tools to support the implementation and application of monitoring and evaluation for field workers working in different FSL projects. The following thematic interventions are the framework for the monitoring and evaluation guidelines: food security assessments and surveillance, food assistance, cash based interventions, income generation activities, and agricultural rehabilitation. Examples of templates included in the guide: questionnaire on individual/household dietary diversity, food consumption score, survey on household food insecurity access scale, and baseline FSL survey.

Created by Action against Hunger

Tags: #foodsecurity #fieldworkers #qualitative #survey #questionnaire


ADRA International Monitoring and Evaluation Manual

Purpose: Monitoring and Evaluation tools for various ADRA programs, including food security.

Description: Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is a humanitarian organization established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church that partners with local communities, organizations, and governments to improve the quality of life for millions around the world. In order to enhance their programming goals, ADRA developed this guide as a tool for program managers to monitor implementation and evaluate the impact of specific activities, including food security programs, among target populations. It presents fundamental concepts essential for to monitoring and evaluation and provides tools for collecting and analyzing information and tracking progress and impact.

Created by TANGO International, Inc. for ADRA International Food Security Department.

Tags: #foodsecurity #communityhealth #foodorganizations #qualitative


Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit

Purpose: Evaluating food hubs.

Description: This toolkit serves as a guide to understanding and evaluating a food hub. It provides a framework for assessing a food hub’s strengths and weaknesses in the following areas: business model and strategy, impact potential (social, environmental, and economic), market overview, marketing and sales, operations, organization and management, risk mitigation, technology and systems, and finances. For each of these areas, a table is provided with data questions and interpretation points that can be used to evaluate the food hub. The table also includes criteria for measuring the food hub as “strong”, “medium” or “weak”.   

Created by Wholesome Wave. 

Tags: #foodhubs #qualitative


Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit – Survey

Healthy Food Pantry Assessment Toolkit – Guide

Purpose: Survey to evaluate healthfulness of food bank.

Description: This toolkit provides an observational survey to measure the healthfulness of the local food pantry environment. The guide is available to assist in answering the survey questions and provide resources and links with additional information to support healthy food pantry changes.

Developed by the Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence Initiative of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Tags: #foodbank #foodpantry #survey #foodenvironment


Oregon Food Bank Healthy Pantry Initiative

Purpose: Food pantry assessment tool.

Description: This toolkit includes a survey to evaluate the healthfulness of a food pantry. The survey includes objectives five objectives and possible strategies that meet those objectives. The food pantry is rated based on the strategies it meets within each objective.  The goal of this toolkit is to increase accessibility, distribution, consumption of health foods that adopt these strategies.

Created by the Oregon Food Bank.

Tags: #foodbank #foodpantry #qualitative #foodaccessibility


Food Bank of South Jersey:  Evaluation Report

Purpose: Evaluation of nutrition classes and demonstrations.

Description: The Food Bank of South Jersey collaborated with the Creative Research and Evaluation, LLC to conduct a qualitative evaluation of the nutritional classes and demonstrations they provided. This report provides background information about the program, analysis of their evaluation findings and the qualitative assessment tools developed for this evaluation. The appendices contains a questionnaire template about healthy home and school workshops and the basic focus group template lists questions on topics such as, general retention, recipes, label reading, course format and style, behavioral changes.

Tags: #foodbank #foodpantry #nutritioneducation #qualitative #questionnaire #focusgroup


U.S. Household Food Security Guide and Survey Modules (HFSSM)

Purpose: Assess household food insecurity.

Description: This resource contains five different surveys to assess food insecurity, along with an accompanying guide to help analyze the data. The following surveys are available: U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module (available in Spanish as well), U.S. Adult Food Security Survey Module, Six-Item Short Form of the Food Security Survey Module, and a Self-Administered Food Security Survey Module for Youth Ages 12 and Older.  

Developed by the US Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service.

Tags: #foodsecurity #USDA #adult #youth #spanish


Veggie Compass Whole Farm Profit Management System  

Purpose: Evaluate farmers’ profits in different market channels.

Description: The Veggie Compass is spreadsheet designed to allow farmers to intuitively manage their profit. The users input their expenses, sales, and production input (seed cost, acreage, crop-by-crop labor hours). Using the input data, the spreadsheet calculates the crops’ cost per pound costs, breakeven price, gross margin, unit net profit, and crop net profit by market channel. The farmers can use this data to make better decisions about their crops. The Veggie Compass website also provides additional tools to help farmers keep track of their inputs such as, the Farmers Market Sales Chart, labor forms, and crop labor estimation workbook.   

Created with the help of Jim Munsch, University of Wisconsin, and Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group.  

Tags: #farms #quantitative #excel #profits #farmersmarket #sales


FSN Monitoring and Evaluation Facilitator’s Guide

Purpose: To provide facilitators with guidance on monitoring and evaluation skills. 

Description: This tool consists of a facilitator’s guide, PowerPoint slides, exercises/group work, and reference materials. The guide contains three modules. Module 1 contains keys concepts for program design, implementation and evaluation stages. Module 2 contains qualitative tools and evaluation that include a sample questionnaire. Module 3 focuses on statistical concepts and data analysis.

This guide was developed to support M&E practitioners in the USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) community by the Technical and Operational Performance Support (TOPS) Program Monitoring and Evaluation Task Force with input from Tango International and the FSN M&E Network.

Tags: #programevaluation #qualitative #dataanlysis #spss #statistics #trainingmaterial


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