The Community Nutrition Education (CNE) Logic Model, Version 2 (2006)
The CNE Logic Model, Version 2 (2006) was developed by a workgroup of individuals with FSNE experience. Members of this workgroup were selected for their expertise in research, program management and reporting, and technology; commitment to improving evaluation; and attention to detail and flexible thinking. Additionally, this workgroup represented a geographic balance of the four Extension regions, Extension and Public Health perspectives, and use of direct, indirect, and social marketing campaign interventions. After conducting a blind review of the FY 2002 FSNE State Reports, the group refined the model and provided guidance to the development of an online reporting system.
A report detailing this process entitled “Crossing Boundaries: Development of a National Community Nutrition Education Logic Model Online Program Management and Reporting System” was given by Helen Chipman, National Coordinator, FSNE, NIFA/USDA at the 2005 Joint Canadian Evaluation Society/American Evaluation Association Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 2005.
An online program management and reporting system was simultaneously developed by South Dakota State University's Agricultural Information Technology Department. National testing of this system began in June 2006, when land-grant universities were asked to prepare state reports using their FY 2005 data.
Development, testing and initial findings from the CNE Logic Model (2002)
Development and initial testing of the model was described in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (Medeiros et. al., 2005). These findings were reported in greater detail in a study commissioned by the Families, 4-H and Nutrition Unit at NIFA/USDA – FSNE National Report FY2002 (PDF). This national report reflects the work of 42 Universities that voluntarily submitted a FY 2002 FSNE State Report. The report illustrated the usefulness of the CNE Logic Model in providing a “snapshot” of FSNE across the country within the Land-Grant University System and revealed the need for further refinement of the model and development of an online program management and reporting system.
The committee responsible for developing the initial CNE Logic Model represented persons involved in a variety of nutrition education programming and funding efforts at the federal, state and local levels. The CNE Logic Model 2002 (PDF) served as the basis for the FY2002 national report referenced above. The 2002 National Report Worksheet (PDF) was used to collect the data for the report. The web-based course "Enhancing Program Performance with Logic Models" was designed to give state FSNE coordinators a background on logic models; explain the process that led to the development of the CNE logic model, and describe the data requested from states for preparation of the report. A PowerPoint Presentation -- Evaluation: Exploring a Reporting Framework – the Community Nutrition Education Logic Model -- was provided to FSNE Coordinators to help them complete their FY 2002 state reports.
Medeiros LC, Butkus SN, Chipman H, Cox RH, Jones L, Little D. A Logic Model Framework for Community Nutrition Education, Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2005; 37:197-202.