Empowerment Evaluation: The Mother’s food Project for Promoting Nutrition among Family and Community in Songkhla Province

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Amavasee Ampansirirat
Marisa Suwanraj
Kedsirin Phuphet


          This qualitative research aims to evaluate the Mother’s Food project for promoting nutrition among family and community in Songkhla province. The 3 steps of research included 1 setting the empowerment evaluation guideline by using Fetterman’s empowerment evaluation, 2 implementing empowerment evaluation process, and 3 evaluation the project after implementing empowerment evaluation process. Eighty-five 85 stakeholders including 10 of Administrators of subdistrict administration organization and subdistrict municipality, 10 Directors of public health and environment division, 10 Directors of education division, 15 Directors of school, 10 Teachers at daycare center, 10 Registered nurses at Health Promoting Hospital or nurse practitioners, 5 Nutritionists, and 15 Role model mothers were included in the study. Data were collected using various methods such as small group brainstorming, group discussion, and non-participant observation. Instrument to collect data was guideline for empowerment evaluation. Triangulation was used to verify the validity of research data and content analysis was use to analyze texts to determine trends, patterns, and relationship of words used.

          The results revealed that key success factors of the project were 1 Context factor: the project was necessary and met the needs of community, 2  Input factor: subdistrict local administrative organization had community plan related to food and nutrition and had social capital that promoted the community development, 3  Process factor: subdistrict local administrative organization used a community participatory plan, 4 Result factors:

4.1) Outputs: each network had a successful project implementation such as a subdistrict mother role model who met the Mother’s Food project, and an integration process of work

4.2) Outcomes: each community had drastically changed as follows: the way of family eating, a network for systematic monitoring nutrition in community, a clean and safety food

production resources in child care centers and schools, and the perceived freedom of stakeholders to participate in the process of implementing nutritional problems in the community,

4.3) Impact: the Mother’s Food project promoted policy changing both in a subdistrict level and a provincial level by incorporated the Mother’s Food project in a provincial 5 - year strategic plan.

          The successful of Mother’s Food project uses community participation in combine with an empowerment evaluation and a support from academic institute. Therefore, this project can be used as a program to promote sustainable nutrition in both family and community level


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