Research and Evaluation

Measuring the impact of The Food Trust's work

The Issue

Evaluation is an essential component of all of The Food Trust's work.  Without an understanding of which interventions are successful and which are less so, communities would lack the information they need to address their food access issues efficiently and effectively. Through research and evaluation, we can identify successful food access strategies, the first step toward replicating those efforts in communities around the country.

The Food Trust Solution

The Food Trust’s research and evaluation team measures the impact of our organization’s direct programming, education and policy work.

We aim to share knowledge with and strengthen the work of other organizations, projects and individuals in order to achieve affordable nutritious food for all people. We integrate research initiatives into our program efforts in order to document success, build on lessons learned and create models for replication.

Summer Research Institute

    • Summer Research Institute Fellows 2016

From June to August 2016, The Food Trust held its first ever Summer Research Institute (SRI). Organized by our Research and Evaluation team, SRI brought together 12 students and professionals from various disciplines for eight weeks to learn about and implement a variety of field research strategies.

SRI Fellows spent several days each week collecting data in Philadelphia communities and attended weekly in-office trainings on a range of content areas and evaluation topics including public health and local food environment frameworks; food access interventions; research and evaluation ethics; quantitative, qualitative and geospatial research methods; data collection strategies for surveys, interviews and observations; and data management, analysis and presentation.

SRI 2016 focused on three Philadelphia communities – Southeast Kensington, Fairhill and Haddington – where Research Fellows conducted field observations, interviewed community residents and store owners, and collectively surveyed over 900 community residents in various settings including Healthy Corner Store Initiative stores, other corner stores, farmers markets and supermarkets.

The Food Trust thanks the 2016 SRI Research Fellows for their hard work and contributions to the organization!

Pictured above: The 2016 Summer Research Institute Fellows. Front row (left to right): Aldercy Lam, Emily Reeve, Carolina Cerino, Kristin Buenaventura, Samantha Waters.  Back row (left to right): Arnaud Galliere, Delaney Sondag, Collin Evenson, Steffy Joseph, Erika Spicer, Willa Jaffe, Sylvia Forman.

 

Noteworthy Publications

Recent articles, reports and other publications authored or co-authored by The Food Trust

Perspectives of Urban Corner Store Owners and Managers on Community Health Problems and Solutions

Preventing Chronic Disease, 2016

Breakfast-skipping and selecting low-nutritional-quality foods for breakfast are common among low-income urban children, regardless of food security status
Journal of Nutrition, 2016

Employee and Customer Reactions to a Healthy In-Store Marketing Intervention in Supermarkets
Journal of Food Research, 2016

A discrete choice approach to modeling food store access
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 2015

Corner Stores: The Perspective of Urban Youth
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015

Breakfast patterns among low-income, ethnically diverse 4th-6th grade children in an urban area
BMC Public Health Journal, 2014 

State-Level Interventions: Pennsylvania's Fresh Food Financing Initiative
Local Food Environments: Food Access in America, 2014

Where urban residents shop for produce
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2014

Placement and promotion strategies to increase sales of healthier products in supermarkets in low-income, ethnically diverse neighborhoods: a randomized controlled trial 
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2014

Moving From Policy to Implementation: A Methodology and Lessons Learned to Determine Eligibility for Healthy Food Financing Projects
Journal of Public Health Management & Practice, 2014

Corner Store and Commuting Patterns of Low-Income, Urban Elementary School Students
Current Urban Studies, 2013

Improving Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Low-Income Customers at Farmers Markets
Preventing Chronic Disease, 2013

Rethinking research: Creating a practice-based agenda for sustainable small-scale healthy food retail
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, 2013

Obesity and the Food Environment Among Minority Groups
Current Obesity Reports, 2012

Increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefits Transfer Sales at Farmers’ Markets with Vendor-Operated Wireless Point-of-Sale Terminals
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, May 2012

The Impact of WIC Food Package Changes on Access to Healthful Food in 2 Low-Income Urban Neighborhoods
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, March 2012

Supermarkets: Components of Causality for Healthy Diets
Archives of Internal Medicine, 2012

Harnessing the Power of Supermarkets to Help Reverse Childhood Obesity, 2011

How Far Do Low-Income Parents Travel for Food? 
Urban Geography, 2011

Farmers' Markets in Low Income Communities: Impact of Community Environment, Food Programs and Public Policy
Community Development, 2011

Policy Solutions to the 'Grocery Gap'
Health Affairs, 2010

Snacking in children: The Role of Urban Corner Stores
Pediatrics, 2009

Implementing American Heart Association Pediatric and Adult Nutrition Guidelines: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association Nutrition Committee.
Circulation, 2009

A Policy-Based School Intervention to Prevent Overweight and Obesity
Pediatrics, 2008

Closing the Grocery Gap in Underserved Communities: the creation of the Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative
Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 2008

Resources

2014 cover

Campbell Healthy Communities Annual Report

A report produced by The Food Trust evaluating the Campbell Soup Company 's Healthy Communities initiative to reduce childhood obesity and hunger in Camden, New Jersey. The Food Trust also partners with the Campbell Soup Company to provide nutrition education and increase healthy food choices at corner stores in Camden.

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