Evaluation of the Nutrition in Housing (NIH) program

Client: Share Our Strength
Topic Areas: Children, youth, and families; Community development; Immigrant health; Social determinants of health
Service: Participatory Evaluation

The Institute for Community Health (ICH) and the Leah Zallman Center for Immigrant Health Research (LZC) are partnering with Share Our Strength–No Kid Hungry to evaluate their pilot program, Nutrition in Housing (NIH). Early in 2023, Share Our Strength-No Kid Hungry partnered with two affordable housing developers, Mercy Housing and NHP Foundation, to launch the NIH project, which aims to establish a sustainable and replicable model to support food security for families with children. The NIH model integrates nutrition assistance education and enhances food access by engaging existing services while embracing the cultural diversity of communities living in affordable housing.

In a 7-month, mixed-methods evaluation, the ICH-LZC team will partner with the NIH team and four pilot sites to assess the effectiveness of the current program and develop a strong evidence base for how to improve the food environment in affordable housing communities. The proposed design incorporates our commitment to equitable evaluation, while taking into account feasibility and stakeholder priorities. ICH will 1) analyze already-collected quantitative data, 2) conduct focus groups with residents, 3) conduct focus groups with wellness champions, 4) conduct interviews with resident coordinators, and 5) conduct a youth-led photo data collection component.