Process Evaluation Results of a Smarter Lunchrooms Study in New York State Middle Schools

School food environments are a common target of childhood obesity prevention initiatives, though buy-in from school staff is an essential component of project success. The Smarter Lunchrooms randomized controlled trial (RCT) was initiated in 2013 to test the effectiveness of select Smarter Lunchrooms practices in New York State middle schools. The 2016 iteration of this study was redesigned to examine the impact of buy-in – some schools were allowed to choose their intervention, while others were assigned an intervention protocol. Process evaluation was conducted in order to monitor protocol implementation and to determine barriers and facilitators to implementation.

Please join Alisha Gaines, PhD, from the Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences, for an overview of the process evaluation from the final year of the Smarter Lunchrooms RCT. Please note that plate waste results will not be discussed, though a discussion of how process evaluation results can be applied to future research and practice will be included.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the purpose and importance of process evaluation.
  • Summarize the study design changes made to foster buy-in among cafeteria staff.
  • Summarize facilitators and barriers observed in the Smarter Lunchrooms RCT.
Instructions for Joining:

Click the link above to join the webinar. Once you have entered the WebEx Room, select your preferred audio option. You may either join using your computer's audio or receive a call from the meeting to a mobile or landline phone. During the webinar your microphone will be disabled so that only the presenter and host will have speaking privileges.


Alisha Gaines

Created by Katherine Baildon