The SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework: Nationwide Uptake and Implications for Nutrition Education Practice, Policy, and Research

J Nutr Educ Behav. 2021 Apr;53(4):336-342. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2020.10.015. Epub 2020 Dec 11.


Objective: Provide the first baseline census of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) state implementing agencies' (SIAs) intent to use and evaluate 51 indicators described in the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework.

Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used to administer electronic surveys to 124 SIAs who received SNAP-Ed funding in 2017. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the results.

Results: Of 51 indicators, SIAs reported their intent to impact an average of 19 indicators and evaluate an average of 12. More SIAs reported the intention to impact indicators at the individual (59%) and environmental levels (48%), compared with the sectors of influence (20%) and population levels (30%) of the framework. In addition, more SIAs intended to impact and evaluate short- or medium-term indicators, compared with long-term indicators.

Conclusions and implications: These findings illustrate the progress made toward aggregating metrics to measure the collective impact of SNAP-Ed.

Keywords: SNAP-Ed; evaluation; food security; nutrition education; policy.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Food Assistance*
  • Food Supply
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Intention
  • Nutrition Policy*
  • Policy