Taste-testing Evaluation Tool

Community Nutrition Education March 17, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

The Taste Testing Tool (TTT) was developed and piloted by UC CalFresh SNAP Ed.  The publication is on the pilot conducted in FFY 10 and 11.  TTT is a teacher administered tool used for routine evaluation of food-tasting activities tied to the nutrition lessons provided.   This six-item evaluation tool is intended to capture student willingness to try new foods and ask for them at home.  The evaluation instrument was tested for reliability compared to student response. 

The findings showed students were willing to ask for the foods at home (P_0.0001). Compared with younger students (preschool through sixth grade), older students (seventh through 12th grade) were less likely to try the foods in class and less willing to try them again or ask for them at home (P_0.05).Students reported significantly greater previous exposure and willingness to try the food again for fruits than for vegetables (P_0.0001).

We also suggested a teacher-administered taste test tool is feasible to use in a group setting and capable of yielding valid, reliable information to evaluate student response and to guide SNAP-Ed program delivery.

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Source:  Development and Use of an Evaluation Tool for Taste-Testing Activities by School-Aged Children.  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics December 2012. Lucia L. Kaiser, PhD, RD; Constance Schneider, PhD, RD; Concepcion Mendoza, PhD; Gretchen George, MA, RD; Marisa Neelon, MS, RD; Brenda Roche, MS, RD; David Ginsburg, MPH.

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