what we do
NEEDs Center Mission
Engineer and design research and evaluation services that foster promotion and delivery of evidence-based health and nutrition education.
NEEDs approaches nutrition education as a design and engineering problem, identifying/mobilizing expert researchers and practitioners in evaluation, statistical analyses, education, nutritional sciences, and health promotion. We address health and nutrition education of all audiences including low-income and SNAP-eligible persons.
Learn more about our work by reviewing our research pages—Publications, Posters and the Satter Eating Competence Model. You may also view individual NEEDs programs located in the drop down menu under Resources.
NEEDs Center Services
Our services instill research into nutrition education to impact behavior and integrate education into translational research so that “bench to bedside” is re-aligned as “bench to behavior.”
We Address Four Critical Areas of Activity:
Measurement – Instrument/measurement design, development, psychometric performance
Data-Management, analysis, interpretation
Interventions and Materials – Formative development, testing, delivery, distribution
Nutrition Education Outcome/Impact Assessment-Research design and strategy, coordination, implementation; quality control
Our Team and Collaborators
Faculty and Staff
We Service a Client Base of:
- Government/contract agencies addressing nutrition and related health education issues
- Non-profit organizations focused on nutrition and health
- Nutrition education professionals in industry, healthcare, community, outreach
- SNAP-Ed implementing agencies and partners