The Administration for Community Living (ACL) conducted a three-part evaluation of its Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP). The newest report, Client Outcome Study: Part II, is now available.
The client outcome study has been released in two parts. Client Outcome Study: Part I, released in 2017, describes nutrition services program (i.e., congregate meal and home-delivered meal) participants’ demographic and household characteristics, health status, mobility, eating behaviors, diet quality, food security, socialization, and other characteristics, as well as program participants’ experiences with and impressions of the program and their valuation of meals and supportive services received through the program.
Client Outcome Study: Part II describes participants’ health and health care utilization and examines overall wellness measured using longer-term outcomes related to health and avoidance of institutionalization.
The three-part evaluation of the Nutrition Services Program also includes:
- Process Evaluation of Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (PDF, 948KB) which provides information to support program planning by analyzing program structure, administration, staffing, coordination, and service delivery. In addition, it evaluates the interactions between the many levels and types of organizations that provide congregate meals, home-delivered meals, and collateral services under the OAA Nutrition Programs.
- Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Evaluation: Meal Cost Analysis (PDF, 667KB) estimates the costs of program operations, the most important being the cost of the congregate and home-delivered meals provided using Title III funds, and examines cost variation within the program by cost component and program characteristics.
Additional issue briefs, infographics, and reports are planned, and currently available products from the entire evaluation include:
- Process Evaluation and the Meal Cost Analysis webinar and handouts (PDF).
- Briefing handouts as well as responses to questions posed during the briefing for Part I of the client outcomes study.
- An issue brief that describes the nutritional quality of congregate and home-delivered meals offered through the NSP and examines their compliance with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which were in effect at the time of the data collection.