*SNAP-Ed Priority Outcome Indicator
Background and Context
The number of SNAP-Ed classes and contacts vary by program model, underlying behavioral theory, or curriculum, ranging from four to eight sessions and sometimes longer. Differences in reportable outcomes may be explained by the intensity of nutrition education programming received by participants.
During main meals:
|MT1a.||Protein foods prepared without solid fats (e.g., saturated and/or trans fats) or fresh poultry, seafood, pork, and lean meat, rather than processed meat and poultry|
|MT1b.||Ate a serving size of protein less than the palm of a hand or a deck of cards|
Throughout the day or week:
|MT1c.||Ate more than one kind of fruit|
|MT1d.||Ate more than one kind of vegetable|
|MT1e.||Ate nuts or nut butters|
|MT1f.||Used MyPlate to make food choices|
|MT1h.||Drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g., regular soda or sports drinks)*|
|MT1i.||Consuming low-fat or fat-free milk (including with cereal), milk products (e.g., yogurt or cheese), or fortified soy beverages|
|MT1j.||Eating fewer refined grains (e.g., spaghetti, white rice, white tortilla)*|
|MT1k.||Eating fewer sweets (e.g., cookies or cake)*|
|MT1l.||Cups of fruit consumed per day|
|MT1m.||Cups of vegetables consumed per day|
*Note: For certain outcome measures, a reduction in the behavior is desired. An example is drinking sugary beverages, such as regular soda or sports drinks, or consuming refined grains or grain-based desserts.
What to Measure
Evaluators should prioritize survey questions that provide a range of options, such as frequency measures using a Likert scale (e.g., never, seldom, sometimes, etc.) or times per day or week or behavior that occurs. These response options are more sensitive to detecting change during the period assessed than questions with “yes” or “no” answers. Where possible, FNS strongly encourages SNAP-Ed providers to also measure cups of fruit and cups of vegetables consumed. Pictures or visual cues of per-cup equivalents of fruits and vegetables aid survey respondents.
Typically, a pre-test is administered at program entry and a post-test is administered at program exit. In some instances, a post-only test is administered in which respondents are asked to look back on their behaviors before the series compared to their current behaviors.
Surveys and Data Collection Tools
- Do you eat more than one kind of fruit each day? [MT1c]
- Do you eat more than one kind of vegetable each day? [MT1d]
Responses: no; yes, sometimes; yes, often; yes, always
- How much margarine, butter, or meat fat do you use to season vegetables or put on potatoes, bread, or corn? [MT1a]
- Responses: very little, some, a lot
- How many times a week do you eat desserts or sweets (not the low-fat kind)? [MT1j]
Responses: 1 time or less, 2–3 times, 4 or more times
- How often do you use MyPlate to make food choices? [MT1f]
Responses: never, seldom, sometimes, usually, always
- How often do you typically eat french fries or other fried potatoes, like home fries, hash browns, or tater tots? [MT1a]
- How often do you typically drink a bottle or glass of water? (Count tap, bottled, and sparkling water.) [MT1g]
- When you eat grain products like bread, pasta, rice, etc., how often do you choose whole grain products? [MT1i]
Responses: not at all, once a week or less, more than once a week, once a day, more than once a day
(NOTE: Any multiple-pass method in which all data collectors have been trained to collect the information consistently using a standardized, documented protocol that includes probing is acceptable. It is recommended that, if at all possible, visual aids, such as portion size guides [paper or online], measuring cups, dishes/glasses, and/or food models be used.)
Originally known as the Beverage Intake Questionnaire (BEVQ-15)
- Indicate how often you drank the following beverages. [MT1g-i]
Responses: Never or less than 1 time per week, 1 time per week, 2–3 times per week, 4–6 times per week, 1 time per day, 2+ times per day, 3+ times per day
CHILDREN & YOUTH
How often did you drink these beverages in the past week? [MT1g-i]
How often did you eat these foods in the past week? [MT1j-k]
Responses: never or less than 1 per week, 1 per week; 2–4 per week,
5–6 per week, 1 per day, 2–3 per day, 4+ per day
Condensed version of the School and Physical Activity Nutrition project (SPAN) survey
- Yesterday, did you eat any corn tortillas or bread, tortillas, buns, bagels or rolls that were brown (not white)? [MT1j]
- Yesterday, did you eat sweet rolls, doughnuts, cookies, brownies, pies, or cake? [MT1k]
Responses: no, I didn’t eat any of these foods yesterday; yes, I ate one of these foods 1 time yesterday; yes, I ate one of these foods 2 times yesterday; yes, I ate one of these foods 3 or more times yesterday
- Yesterday, how many times did you drink nonfat or 1% low-fat milk? Include low-fat chocolate or flavored milk, and low-fat milk on cereal. [MT1g]
- Responses: none, 1 time, 2 times, 3 times, 4 or more times
- Yesterday, how many times did you drink sweetened drinks like soda, fruit-flavored drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and vitamin water? Do not include 100 percent fruit juice. [MT1h]
Responses: none, 1 time, 2 times, 3 times
Think about what you and your child do. Do not include school time.
- My child eats vegetables. [MT1d]
- My child eats fruit. [MT1c]
- Responses: rarely, some days, most days, almost every day, every day
- My child drinks milk ___ times per day. [MT1i]
- My child drinks milk.
Responses: no, while, 2 % reduced fat, 1 % low fat, skim/non-fat, soy
Additional evaluation tools to measure MT1 can be found in the SNAP-Ed Library.
Key Glossary Terms
Additional Resources or Supporting Citations
BSQ – Neuhouser ML, Lilley S, Lund A, Johnson DB. Development and validation of a beverage and snack questionnaire for use in evaluation of school nutrition policies. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009; 109(9): 1587-1592.SPAN – Thiagarajah K, Fly AD, Hoelscher DM, et al. Validating the food behavior questions from the elementary school SPAN questionnaire. J Nutr Educ Behav. Sep-Oct 2008;40(National Cancer Institute & 5 a Day Program Evaluation Group):305-310.