A National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging Initiative

supported by the Administration for Community Living
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Background

The National Resource Center on Nutrition and Aging (NRCNA) will be fielding a Technical Assistance and Training Needs Assessment survey beginning in early June to examine the educational needs of senior nutrition program staff across the country. The survey findings will be used to establish recommendations that will inform a strategy for ongoing training development by the NRCNA for the benefit of senior nutrition program professionals in the Aging Network.

Goal

Our goal is to gain insight on how we can improve our service offerings in the future, including technical assistance and educational materials. The survey will be live Tuesday, June 23, 2020 through Friday, July 31, 2020. Add to Calendar. When the survey goes live, NRCNA staff will send an email containing a link and instructions to complete the survey and will update this webpage with the latest survey information. We have provided a set of frequently askegnd questions below, but we encourage you to reach out with any additional unanswered questions by emailing us.

Why are we doing a survey?

The purpose of this Technical Assistance and Needs Assessment Survey is to examine the training and technical assistance needs of senior nutrition program staff across the country, and establish recommendations to inform a strategy for ongoing training development by the NRCNA for the benefit of senior nutrition program professionals in the Aging Network. The NRCNA is working with Kauffman and Associates, Inc. to design, develop, and deploy this survey to the Aging Network.

Why are we doing it now?

The need for a successful and sustainable business environment for senior nutrition program professionals has been evolving rapidly in recent years. More and more, particularly with the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, a strong business acumen is necessary for nutrition program survival. NRCNA staff want to provide senior nutrition program providers with the training and learning opportunities they need now and into the future. Now more than ever, we need your help to gather needed insights to inform this Technical Assistance and Training Needs Assessment Survey.

Who is eligible to respond?

Senior nutrition program staff at the local level (i.e., senior centers, Meals on Wheels programs, Area Agencies on Aging) are welcome to participate! Sign up below to receive updates on the Technical Assistance and Training Needs Assessment Survey!

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Frequently Asked Questions

The survey will cover questions around training topics, access to trainings, preferred methods of contact, training options, support needs, and other ways the NRCNA can add value to your work. We know your areas of subject matter interest and expertise, as well as learning environments and approaches, are constantly evolving, and we want to ensure that we are keeping pace and responding as necessary.

The NRCNA works hard to provide needed nutrition trainings, technical assistance and support to those providing services to the aging population. We are soliciting feedback on what is needed in the field right now so we can better tailor our offerings and ensure they continue to be valuable to such service providers. In order for us to better support you, we need to hear your input!

The pandemic has already drastically affected how those in the Aging and Nutrition networks are meeting the needs of the populations they serve. The likelihood of our environments ever returning to the “normal” we experienced pre-pandemic is small. With this shift in mind, we find it necessary to adjust and update the ways in which we provide our services to you. To ensure we are making valuable changes that reflect your needs, we need to hear from you – after all, understanding what any frontline workers need is critical to maintaining effective, efficient, and relevant services. This survey will guide the changes we’ll be making and will help make the NRCNA more valuable and adaptive to the changing world.

Please complete the survey if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
  • Do you work at an organization that provides nutrition services to older adults (e.g., Meals on Wheels, a senior center, an Area Agency on Aging, Council of Governments, etc.)?
  • Does the NRCNA provide you with materials or training to support the work you do to provide for the nutrition needs of older adults?
  • Does attending to the nutrition needs of older adults play an important role in your job?

There are several ways to access the survey: a link provided in our monthly email newsletters; via NRCNAengage (our online social networking platform); the link provided at the top of this webpage.

If you are a senior nutrition program employee or work at an organization that provides nutrition services to older adults (e.g., Meals on Wheels, a senior center, an Area Agency on Aging, Council of Governments, etc) more than likely the principal member of your organization (i.e., executive director) will get an email from the NRCNA. If you would like to be sure to get a survey email, please email us.

The survey will close on Friday, July 31, 2020. Add to Calendar.

The NRCNA will use all information collected to guide the development and structure of our training and guidance materials moving forward, and if you frequently leverage the NRCNA for your education and professional development, you’re sure to notice a difference. We’ll also compile key information from survey responses into a report in September 2020, which will be available on this webpage, our resources page, and our social media platform, and shared through our monthly newsletter. We appreciate your support of the work we do and will share the results of this survey with you, our key stakeholders.

The NRCNA has collaborated with expert researchers and evaluation professionals, consulted our staff, and worked hard to ensure our survey questions are well designed and will result in actionable steps we can take to improve and enhance our services.

We want to make sure every question is answered! If you have a question that is not addressed on this webpage, please send us your question, and we’ll reply and add it to our FAQ list here.

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