Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences
ObjectiveTo describe the impact of the iCook 4-H intervention study based on data gathered through ripple effect mapping focus groups through an explorative approach.
DesignYouth–adult dyads responded about ways in which iCook had affected the individual, family, and community. Three questions were asked: (1) What were people doing differently as a result of iCook? (2) Who benefited from iCook and how? (3) Were there changes in the way community groups and institutions did things as a result of iCook?
SettingRipple effect mapping sessions took place across 5 states (Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, and West Virginia).
ParticipantsSeventy dyad participants (n = 35 youth, n = 35 adults) from the iCook 4-H intervention.
Main Outcome MeasureThree core themes of iCook 4-H were assessed: cooking, eating, and playing together.
AnalysisDirect content analysis and word frequencies were used.
ResultsSeven categories emerged: improved health, increased community involvement, increased knowledge, increased communication, changed motivation, financial mindfulness, and increased appreciation for family. An overarching theme that was determined was that learning new skills together through trying new things (cooking, eating, and playing) leads to positive individual family and community change.
Conclusions and ImplicationsRipple effect mapping was effective in determining the perceived impact of iCook 4-H on oneself, family, and community.
Digital Commons Citation
Olfert, Melissa D.; King, Sina J.; Hagedorn, Rebecca L.; Barr, Makenzie L.; Baker, Barbara A.; Colby, Sarah E.; Kattelmann, Kendra K.; Franzen-Castle, Lisa; and White, Adrienne A., "Ripple Effect Mapping Outcomes of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program From Youth and Adult Dyads Using a Qualitative Approach: iCook 4-H" (2019). Faculty & Staff Scholarship. 2990.
Olfert, M. D., King, S. J., Hagedorn, R. L., Barr, M. L., Baker, B. A., Colby, S. E., Kattelmann, K. K., Franzen-Castle, L., & White, A. A. (2019). Ripple Effect Mapping Outcomes of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Program From Youth and Adult Dyads Using a Qualitative Approach: iCook 4-H. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 51(3), S41–S51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2018.08.002