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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