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Part of the SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions Toolkit.*

The PSE READI intervention was designed with guidance from SNAP-Ed and public health practitioners in Ohio to promote successful implementation of community nutrition Policy, System, and Environmental (PSE) programs as a broader strategy for obesity prevention. Practitioners can take the online PSE Readiness Assessment and Decision Instrument (READI) to assess their community’s readiness and capacity to implement community nutrition PSE changes. The PSE READI can be completed by an individual or the practitioner can invite community members to share their input in a team assessment. The four different PSE READIs currently available include: Farmers’ Markets, Healthy Food Retail, Farm to School, and Healthy Eating Policies in Childcare. After completion of your PSE READI, a report will be generated with three recommendations tailored to local community readiness and capacity. These recommendations will help practitioners and teams plan next steps and guide community nutrition PSE implementation.

Case Western Reserve University, Ohio State University/Ohio SNAP-Ed, The Cleveland Clinic
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  • Evaluated
Evaluation Information
PSE READI mirrored a collaborative approach across the testing and evaluation stages. Mixed methods were used to develop the PSE READI tool including interviews and focus groups with about 300 stakeholders and feedback from 16 state and national level experts in the targeted PSEs. Usability test of the intervention was conducted in 2017 with 22 practitioners in Ohio. This included a pre-survey, taking the online PSE READI assessment, a post-survey, and a follow-up interview. Results of this evaluation were used to improve the PSE READI tools and disseminations strategy. In 2019, evaluation of the trainings occurred through a pre- and post-survey design to assess the level of confidence in the ability to implement PSE changes after use of the PSE READI. Confidence improved in each PSE area (16.9% for HEC; 32.4% for F2S; 12% for FM; 22.1% for HFR) after the trainings. Overall, 65% of practitioners who attended a training reported increased capacity to implement PSE changes.
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*SNAP-Ed Strategies & Interventions: An Obesity Prevention Toolkit for States is a compilation of interventions. The toolkit was developed by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service, The Association of SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education Administrators (ASNNA), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center for Training and Research Translation (Center TRT), and the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes for Health (NIH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the USDA. It is designed and updated to help state SNAP-Ed administrative and implementing agencies identify evidence-based obesity prevention programs and policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies and interventions to include in their SNAP-Ed plans.

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