Development of a Data Management Toolkit for Cooking Matters Kids and Teens Open Access

Bursuc, Courtney (Fall 2018)

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Executive Summary: The growing body of research surrounding child and adolescent obesity presents upstream determinants of overweight and obesity as well as individual and environmental factors that contribute to excess weight gain. Various types of nutrition education and health promotion programs have shown to be effective in reducing rates of childhood obesity and in reducing the likelihood of developing obesity later in life. However, few of these interventions provide longitudinal intervention or follow up. Nutrition and cooking education programs, such as Cooking Matters curricula developed by Share Our Strength, serve as one such route of obesity prevention. Nutrition and cooking education programming must provide accurate, specific data tracking change over time to demonstrate effectiveness. Strong data management also provides organizations with the evidence needed to appeal for private or public funding opportunities. The development of a data management toolkit for Open Hand Atlanta, a local non-profit organization and executor of Cooking Matters Kids and Teens (CMKT) programming in Georgia, provides systems for data collection, validation, maintenance, and analysis. Recommendations include guidance for implementation and long-term database management so that Open Hand may continue to expand their CMKT programming across Georgia.

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I. Executive Summary 4

II. Acknowledgements 5

III. Introduction 8

a. Pediatric Overweight and Obesity Trends in the United States 8

b. Obesity Determinants: Individual Factors 11

c. Obesity Determinants: Environmental Factors 16

d. Policies, Programs, and Effectiveness 20

e. Georgia Context 24

f. Share our Strength, Open Hand Atlanta, and Cooking Matters Kids and Teens 25

IV. Statement of Purpose and Objectives 26

V. Data Management Toolkit Description and Development 27

a. Data Entry Protocol 27

b. Data Cleaning Protocol 29

c. Survey Improvements 29

d. Online Data Collection Options 30

VI. Discussion 32

a. Recommendations for Next Steps, by Deliverable 33

b. Further Database Recommendations 36

c. Long Term Considerations for Next Steps 37

d. Conclusion 39

VII. References 40

VIII. Appendix I: CMKT Facilitator Training: Data Collection Procedures 54

IX. Appendix II: Data Entry Protocol 64

X. Appendix III: Data Cleaning Protocol 70

XI. Appendix IV: Survey Improvements: SNAP-Ed Indicator Measures 75

XII. Appendix V: Survey Improvements: Proposal for New Survey Items 78

XIII. Appendix VI: Electronic Survey Tool Options 81

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