Western Region Logic Model


  • NIFA/FNS Funding for WRNECE
  • CSU Extension, WSU Extension
  • Center Director, Co-Director, Evaluation Leader, Center Coordinator
  • Key Personnel/Steering Committee
  • Advisory Committees: Nutrition Education and Policy, Systems and Environmental (PSE) Change
  • Strong EFNEP and SNAP-Ed in Colorado and Washington
  • CSU’s Dept. of Food Science and Human Nutrition; Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Eating Smart • Being Active3
  • NC2169: EFNEP Related Research, Program Evaluation and Outreach and other multi-state research projects
  • WRNECE Sub-award panel manager
  • Sub-award RFA reviewers
  • Collaborators: Univ. of WY, UT State, NM State, Univ. of NV, OR State, Univ. of HI, MT State, Univ. of AZ, OK State, Univ. of NC-CH, Univ. of WA, CSU-Pueblo, Heritage Univ., Univ. of ID, FISH Food Bank, Cooking with Kids



  • Build partnerships, address challenges and opportunities, eliminate barriers
  • Establish and maintain information networks
  • Needs assessment to support research & program activities
  • Develop signature low-income nutrition education/obesity prevention research programs and foster their sustainability
    • Focus on long-term outcome evaluation
    • Focus on Hispanic population
    • Focus of content: Diet Quality and Physical Activity, Food Resource Management
    • SEM: Individual and Environment
    • Develop, administer and monitor sub-award RFA process
  • Review and evaluate impacts of lowincome nutrition education/obesity prevention program research and communicate success
    • Identify audiences, objectives, evaluation tools and outcomes
  • Work collaboratively with the National Coordination Center
  • Manage resources effectively
  • Conduct needs assessment to inform environmental scans and professional development programs related to PSE


  • Program leaders from EFNEP, SNAP-Ed and similar programs
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention Researchers
  • EFNEP, SNAP-Ed and similar programs
  • Administrators and other stakeholders
  • Land-grant partners
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Public health partners
  • Research, teaching, and extension faculty
  • Underserved individuals or communities including Hispanics
  • eXtension CoPs
  • National EFNEP/SNAP-Ed program committees and other WRNECE collaborators
  • Other Regional Nutrition Education Centers of Excellence
  • National Coordinating Center


SHORT TERM - Knowledge Change

  • Needs assessment findings
  • Compilation of Western Region data on audience objectives, evaluations, tools, outcomes
  • New program management tools
  • Long-term follow-up evaluation protocols
  • Adapt existing knowledge to new nutrition education situations
  • Produce web-based, other digital, and traditional media information that allows communication among the research, program communities and other stakeholders
  • Provide original material for eXtension CoPs
  • Engage communities to improve diet quality, physical activity and food resource management behaviors in low-income environments, especially Hispanics
  • Engage partners to implement environmental scans

MEDIUM TERM - Action Change

  • Stakeholders applying evidencedbased evaluation practices, including long-term follow-up
  • Stakeholders applying bestpractices in low-income nutrition education/obesity prevention programs
  • Increased coordination of research, education, extension and outreach efforts
  • Regional and national transdisciplinary focus on reducing duplication of efforts and improving programs through applying evidenced-based practices
  • Networks that improve the flow of information among researchers, program implementers, key stakeholders and decision makers
  • Identification of barriers & enhancements, and development and implementation of plans to improve diet quality, physical activity, and food resource management
  • Implementation of evidenced based environmental action plans
  • Development of environmental scan database

LONG TERM - Condition Change

  • Improved nutrition and physical health conditions among vulnerable populations
  • Increased environmental supports that facilitate improved behaviors
  • Adoption of sustainable evidence-based practices nationally by EFNEP and SNAP-Ed
  • Increased synergy and collaboration among sectors of the population that contribute to feeding and educating low-income families
  • Reduced environmental barriers to adoption of improved nutrition, physical activity, and food resources management behaviors
  • Improved cost benefit analyses of nutrition education
  • Improved food security through increased access to and promotion of healthy, affordable, and acceptable foods