Researchers and policymakers increasingly recognize the value of measuring cross-sector approaches to reducing childhood obesity to advance the broader field. Following are tools used by states around the country to evaluate childhood obesity reduction efforts.
Integrated Care Procedure Codes (2017) – This document outlines integrated care service codes that were measured by the Innovations in Childhood Obesity Arizona team to conduct a needs assessment of the service provision model for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System members between two and five years of age found to be overweight or severely obese.
Innovations in Childhood Obesity Sample Evaluation Guide (November 2017) – This worksheet was used by teams participating in the Innovations in Childhood Obesity initiative to track evaluation efforts. It offers a template for tracking goals, measures, units, data sources, and collection dates.
Nutritional Counseling Referral and Progress Tracker (November 2017) – This tool was developed by the State of Oklahoma to track the nutritional counseling services completed by the registered dietitian participating in the Innovations in Childhood Obesity Oklahoma team intervention. The tool notes the referral source, biometric measures, and progress made by each patient.
Evaluating Innovations in Childhood Obesity (June 2015) – This presentation provides a brief introduction to program evaluation and offers an overview of strategies for measuring childhood obesity interventions.
The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) (November 2017) – This national organization brings together the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide resources and expertise to strengthen childhood obesity research. NCCOR’s Youth Compendium of Physical Activities was launched in October 2017 to help childhood obesity and physical activity researchers and practitioners estimate the associated energy expenditure of a variety of activities in which youth participate.