Toolkit: Initial Findings from The Nutrition Services Program Outcomes Evaluation

The Title III-C Nutrition Services Program (NSP), administered by the Administration on Aging (AoA) within the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Older Americans Act (OAA), represents a key component of America’s strategy for ensuring that the health and social needs of older adults are adequately met. By promoting access to nutritious meals, facilitating social contact, supporting family caregivers, and helping older adults maintain their dignity in their homes and communities, the NSP fits squarely within the strategic goals of the AoA to rebalance long-term care provision away from institutionalization and toward home- and community-based services.

The objectives of the Title III-C NSP outcomes evaluation were (1) to describe NSP participants’ demographic and household characteristics, health status, mobility, eating behaviors, diet quality, food security, socialization, and other characteristics, as well as program participants’ experiences with and impressions of the program and their valuation of meals and supportive services received through the program and (2) to determine the impact of NSP meals and related services on participants’ nutrition, food security, diet quality, and overall wellness and well-being by comparing outcomes for NSP participants and nonparticipants.

After attending this webinar, attendees:
* Learned about the importance of evaluating OAA programs
* Understood the scope of the recently released report that presented finding from NSP Outcomes Evaluation
* Learned about NSP participants and their experiences with and impressions of the program


  • Liz Gearan, MS, RD, Mathematica Policy Research; James Mabli, PhD, Mathematica Policy Research; Heather Menne, PhD, Administration for Community Living; Holly Greuling, RD, LD, Administration for Community Living

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Key Resources

Mathematica Report: Evaluation of the Effect of the Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program in Participant’s Food Security, Socialization, and Diet Quality

Older Americans Benefit from the OAA

Toolkit: Findings from The Nutrition Services Program Process Study and Meal Cost Analysis

Nutritional Quality of Congregate and Home-Delivered Meals Offered in the Title III-C Nutrition Services Program: An Examination Utilizing the Healthy Eating Index Tool