Section 1: All Materials
All Materials Included in the SNAP-Ed Library must meet the following:
- Materials fall within the scope of the SNAP-Ed Guiding Principles. [Note 1]
- Information, including recipes, is accurate and consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and/or the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. [Note 2]
- Materials are substantial in nature. [Note 3]
- Materials are easily accessible with few, if any, broken links and minimal outdated information. [Note 4]
- Subject matter is presented objectively and fairly without brand name promotion or obvious author/sponsor bias.
Section 2: Materials NOT Funded by SNAP-Ed
Educational Materials NOT Funded by SNAP-Ed must meet all criteria for Section 1 and also include at least 1 of the following Value-Added Areas to be considered for inclusion:
- Evidence Base and Evaluation [Note 5]
- Policy, Systems, and Environmental Approaches (PSE) [Note 6]
- Social Marketing [Note 7]
- Focus Areas [Note 8]
1. SNAP-Ed Guiding Principles
- It is intended to serve SNAP participants and low-income individuals eligible to receive SNAP benefits or other means-tested Federal assistance programs or staff that work with those audiences.
- It includes nutrition education and obesity prevention educational strategies and environmental supports designed to facilitate voluntary adoption of food and physical activity choices and other nutrition-related behaviors conducive to the health and well-being of SNAP participants.
- It targets low-income households with SNAP-Ed eligible women and children.
- It uses evidence-based, behaviorally focused interventions and maximizes its national impact by concentrating on a small set of key local outcomes and/or environmental or policy interventions.
3. For organizations without SNAP-Ed funding, materials that are NOT substantial include standalone cookbooks, recipe cards, handouts, brochures, stickers/incentives, posters, bulletin board kits, activity books, etc.
4. At the time of submission, Web sites and/or electronic resources associated with the material are easily accessible with few, if any, broken links and minimal outdated information.
5. Evidence Base and Evaluation - specific information on one or more of the following is provided:
- Pilot study
- Process evaluation
- Formative evaluation
- Impact evaluation
- Peer-reviewed literature citations or research reports
- Evaluation tools
- Evaluation methods (RCT, quasi-experimental, surveys, case study, direct observation, focus group, data mining, pilot tests, or field studies)
6. Policy, Systems and Environmental Change (PSE): specific information about PSE approaches used in the curriculum/intervention is provided. May include areas such as:
- Multi-level interventions
- Institutional/local government policy
- Neighborhood design
- Food access
- School nutrition environment
- School wellness
- Food retail initiatives
- Farmers markets
- WIC coordination
- Food/nutrition policy councils or advisory panels
- Surveillance and survey data
- Healthcare coordination
7. Specific information is provided about social marketing methods used in the curriculum/intervention.
8. Focus Areas: the materials target one or more focus areas for the SNAP-Ed Library:
- Older adults
- Homeless population
- African American ethnicity
- Hispanic ethnicity
- Tribal organizations
- Physical activity
- Foreign language materials
- Culturally relevant materials