Project: Design Considerations for Developing Effective Wording and Format Options for a Children’s Nutrition Behavior Questionnaire
Award Year: 2002
Amount of award, fiscal 2002: $74,990.32
Institution: ORC/Macro International
Principal Investigator: Erica Gordon
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: This study will assess the options for wording and modes of administering questions about children's food purchasing and consumption in the fifth-grade wave of the U.S. Department of Education's Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey-Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K). The ECLS-K is a nationally representative survey following children from kindergarten through grade 5. USDA's Economic Research Service (USDA-ERS) currently supports the ECLS-K collection of data on household food security, participation in USDA food programs, and measures of height and weight. To assess important dietary behaviors of school-age children, USDA-ERS developed a short set of draft questions on selected dietary behaviors, based on items from previous surveys of children and youth, to be included in data collection when ECLS-K sample children reached the 5th grade. To develop effective wording and format options, a cognitive testing study was undertaken. The present study will assess how well the questions were understood by nine to ten year-old children, based on individual interviews and focus group discussions.
Topic: Child Nutrition, Data Collection and Methodology