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nutrition education and obesity prevention branch (NEOPB)

Local Health Department Evaluation

Impact Outcome Evaluation

Impact Outcome Evaluation (IOE) is a collaboration between CDPH and Local Health Departments, aiming to measure behavior change in sites where strong SNAP-Ed interventions occur.  Local Health Departments all over California participate in the IOE project, using locally designed pre/post-test evaluations to collect behavioral data from intervention participants, then analyze and report the results on an annual basis.  In addition to documenting local program effectiveness, this project helps identify successful nutrition education interventions and potential best practices, while providing direction for program improvement.

Local Health Departments participating in IOE select from a Compendium of Surveys (PDF, 5.1MB)*.  Surveys are currently available from the Research and Evaluation Section by request.

For further information on surveys, please email

Program Evaluation and Reporting System (PEARS)

PEARS is an online reporting system developed by the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation at Kansas State University.  Beginning in FFY2018 Local Health Departments will use PEARS  to report the SNAP-Ed activities their organization conducts as part of the Integrated Work Plan.  This includes all direct and indirect education, policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change activities, partnerships, multi-sector coalitions, success stories, and social marketing campaigns.  PEARS will replace the Activity Tracking Form (ATF) in FFY 2018.  As with the ATF used in past years, reporting serves two functions: 1) allows organizations and project officers to track and compile program activities and 2) allows the SNAP-Ed program to compile the information needed to complete the required annual reports to the USDA and the State.  If you have questions about using PEARS please email

​*If you are having difficulty accessing this document please contact CDPH at to request this information in an alternate format.

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