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FreshLink Publishes Data Collection Toolkit
The FreshLink team has created a new data collection toolkit, Measuring Social Networks in Food Habits, which brings together all of the documents used to conduct a social network-based health intervention. It is made available as a model for other studies that combine qualitative and social network data to inform public health interventions. The FreshLink team conducted interviews with people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to learn about their overall food habits to inform the development of a peer-to-peer dissemination intervention aimed at increasing awareness of and social connectedness to farmers’ markets among SNAP recipients. The study employed the following methods, which took place simultaneously: 1) a semi-structured questionnaire regarding the participant’s food habits and 2) a participatory social network mapping exercise to link people and places involved in food habits. The process is described in detail below, with each data collection instrument explained and made available for application in new contexts and with new populations.
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