Improving the Quality of Data From EFNEP Participants With Low Literacy Skills: A Participant-driven Model

Marilyn S. Townsend, Chutima Ganthavorn, Marisa Neelon, Susan Donohue, Margaret C. Johns

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Low literacy skills and poor evaluation tool readability combined with the stresses of the classroom environment create a high cognitive load for Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) participants, resulting in lower quality data. The authors advocate for 9 strategies for improving the participant cognitive load for the evaluation process using the EFNEP Family Record as an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014



  • Cognitive load
  • Enrollment form
  • Evaluation
  • Low literacy
  • Low-income

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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