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					Evaluating the Agatston
Urban Nutrition Initiative
(AUNI) Program
Vanessa Dabel
Mentors: Drs. Ira Harkavy and Gretchen E.L. Suess
                                                                          MISSION
As an organization, AUNI strives to:
                                                                        Nutrition
1)   Improve community nutrition                                       Education
     and health
        Focus on obesity, poor
         nutrition, diabetes
                                                                      University
                                                                     Partnerships    Increase
                                                 Increase
2)   Foster partnerships between                                                     access to
                                                 physical                UACS         healthy
     schools, neighborhoods, and                  activity
                                                                     Real-World        foods
     communities                                                   Problem Solving
        University-Assisted
         Community Schools (UACS)

                                                                         Foster
                                                                         youth
                                                                       leadership


 SOURCES:
 http://www.upenn.edu/ccp/programs/agatston-urban-nutrition-initiative.html
 http://www.urbannutrition.org/index.html
 Formative evaluation as focus

 Aligning recommendations with the vision of NCCP

 Developing “best-practice” guidelines for future replication of
  program

 Contribute to broader social learning and inform policy


                                      EVALUATION GOALS
                                 Student Growth


Behavioral            Skills & Knowledge
                                                Attitude Changes      Dietary Changes
 Changes                     Changes


   punctuality
                             nutrition facts         self-awareness
  preparedness                                                              dietary recall
                             culinary skills          perspective
behavior violations
    leadership            gardening/carpentry
                                  skills
  responsibility




                       Research Question #1:
     How are student behavior, knowledge and attitude affected by the
                  AUNI Peer Food Education Program?
                                     Student-Staff Interaction



                                            Learning
             Logistics                                             Conflict Resolution
                                          Environment




            staff to student ratio           curriculum delivery
               responsiveness                student engagement
                                              modes of learning




                        Research Question #2:
How does the student-staff dynamic impact the Peer Food Education Program?
JUNE 2009



   Interview staff
   Develop observation
     protocol

   Fieldwork and note-
     taking

   Mid-summer staff
     interview

   Coding and
     transcription

   Evaluation report


AUGUST 2009               Swiss Chard @ UCHS Garden
 AUNI a great impact on the
                                   KEY FINDINGS
  students working in program as
  well as on people receiving
  outreach

 Students getting first-hand
  experience in implementing
  change in their peers

 Staff very committed to
  program and its initiatives
 Benefits the program gives
  to the West Philadelphia
  community

 How to interact with staff to
  obtain information on
  AUNI’s history and current
  state

 Gained experience in
  conducting nutrition
  evaluation research

 Importance of data
  collection for replication


                  WHAT I
                LEARNED
   Mentors Drs. Ira Harkavy and
    Gretchen E.L. Suess

   Evaluation team

   Netter Center for Community
    Partnerships

   SUMR Scholars

   Joanne Levy and LDI



             THANK YOU!




    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

				
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