Request for Proposals

Community Nutrition Education Program Evaluation

Food Bank For New York City

New York, NY

Posted: 04/24/2013
Submittal Deadline: 05/03/2013


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Community CookShop was designed in partnership with and is funded by the Mario Batali Foundation. It is implemented at emergency food sites within Food Bank's member network and focuses on intergenerational learning, providing nutrition education to parents and children in the same setting. Community CookShop provides the city's low-income families with the tools and skills needed to maintain a nutritious diet on a limited food budget. Participants learn to purchase, prepare and enjoy healthy recipes using affordable ingredients.

Food Bank seeks to understand the impact of participation in the CookShop on participants' attitudes and behaviors around healthy eating.

Food Bank For New York City seeks to understand the impact of participation in Community CookShop on participants’ attitudes and behaviors around healthy eating. The aim of this evaluation is to study the impacts on knowledge, attitudes and behavior related to healthy eating following participation in Community CookShop.

It is expected that the evaluation will include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
• Understanding of why healthy eating is important among participants and their families
• Knowledge of how to make healthy food choices among participants and their families
• Familiarity with MyPlate five food groups and healthy foods among participants and their families
• Familiarity with ways to prepare healthy food among participants and their families
• Desire to eat healthy food among participants and their families
• Consumption of healthy food among participants and their families
• Acquiring a budgeting skill when food shopping

Note: That existing information about these questions should be reviewed and referenced as part of the evaluation project.

It is expected that the evaluation methodology will include a quasi-experimental design with pre- and post- test data collected from treatment and the control groups, in addition to a the six month follow-up. Data collected from pre-survey will provide the baseline measure for the evaluation study of Community CookShop participants and their families.

The proposed analysis seeks to:
• Determine differences in outcomes between Community CookShop participants and non-Community CookShop participants
• Determine differences in outcomes between pre- and post program participation
• Determine differences in outcomes between post program participation and six month follow up

Data collection tools and procedures will be developed by the evaluation contractor to reliably measure for changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors addressed within the CookShop curricula. All tools and procedures should be informed by that which has been found to be reliable and valid in evaluating nutrition education programming.
It is expected that members of Food Bank For New York City team will have a close working relationship with the successful evaluation provider at all stages of the project.