Development and Validation of the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE): A Tool for Assessing the Quality of Proposed Nutrition Education Programs

Rosa K. Hand, Jenica K. Abram, Katie Brown, Paula J. Ziegler, J. Scott Parrott, Alison L. Steiber

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Abstract

Objective: To develop and validate the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE), a checklist of research-based quality indicators for nutrition education programs. Design: A prospective test of criterion validity and inter-rater reliability of a new tool comparing expert assessments and trained reviewer GENIE scores of the same nutrition education proposals. Participants: Ten nutrition education experts; 13 volunteer reviewers. Variables Measured: GENIE's face, content, and criterion validity and inter-rater reliability compared using expert assessments and reviewer objective and subjective scores. Analysis: Reviewer scores compared using Spearman correlation. Inter-rater reliability tested using intra-class correlation (ICC), Cronbach alpha, and ANOVA. Criterion validity tested using independent t test and point bi-serial correlation to compare reviewer with expert scores. Results: Correlation found between total objective and total subjective scores. Agreement found between reviewers across proposals and categories considering subjective scores (F = 7.21, P <.001; ICC = 0.76 [confidence interval, 0.53-0.92]) and objective scores (F = 7.88, P <.001; ICC = 0.82 [confidence interval, 0.63-0.94]). Relationship was not significant (r =.564, P =.06) between expert and reviewer proposal scoring groups (high, medium, and low). Conclusions and Implications: Results support the validity and reliability of GENIE as a tool for nutrition education practitioners, researchers, and program funding agencies to accurately assess the quality of a variety of nutrition program plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)308-316.e1
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • Behavior change
  • Education models
  • Health outcomes
  • Nutrition education
  • Program evaluation

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