EFNEP Evaluation, Research, Cost Benefit and Cost Effectiveness
Since 1969, EFNEP has reached more than 33 million low income families and youth. Annual program data shows that participants have enhanced their health by improving their nutrition, food safety, and physical activity practices.
Additionally, EFNEP’s unique position within USDA/NIFA and Cooperative Extension within the Land-grant Universities provides opportunity for developing, testing, and implementing research-based outreach and educational interventions. EFNEP has been the subject and delivery mode for many creative strategies to advance the field of nutrition education.
Although EFNEP research is limited and EFNEP funds cannot be used for research, there is some evidence that improved behaviors are sustained (EFNEP Research Database). Links to EFNEP related research and cost benefit/effectiveness studies are included below.
EFNEP Related Research
EFNEP Research Database (external link)
EFNEP Research Studies 1989-2008
5 Year Comparison of EFNEP Results by Race and Ethnicity 2007-2011 Data
Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE)
If you have a study to contribute, please email Jan Scholl.
Cost Benefit Studies
- What Have We Learned about the Cost and Effectiveness of EFNEP?
- Using National Data to Estimate Average Cost Effectiveness
- Cost-Effectiveness Model for Youth EFNEP Programs
- An Economic Evaluation of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
- California EFNEP Cost Benefit Analysis
- Applying Cost Benefit Analysis to Nutrition Education Programs: Focus on the Virginia Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program
- Evaluation of the Costs and Benefits of Iowa's EFNEP