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Overview: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a national program that focuses on healthy eating and active living policy and environmental changes to support healthier communities for children and families across the United States. HKHC places special emphasis on reaching children who are at highest risk for obesity on the basis of race/ethnicity, income and/or geographic location. Transtria has planned and piloted evaluation processes, methods and measures to assess opportunities for physical activity and access to affordable healthy foods for children and families. These processes, evaluation methods and measures were piloted with 9 leading sites that received HKHC funding in December 2008; and will be used to evaluate an additional 40 community sites that received funding in December 2009. Transtria is conducting site visits to all of the community partnerships using a multi-method approach to evaluation that learns about the communities strengths, challenges, and lessons learned that can be shared with the field.

Our Role: The main goals of the evaluation of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative are:

  • To coordinate data collection, coding, and analysis for the evaluation through the new web-based project management system (HKHC Community Dashboard) and provide training and technical assistance for use of this system.
  • To provide training and technical assistance to community partnerships on their local data collection and analysis efforts through use of the Assessment & Evaluation Toolkit.
  • To conduct a quantitative cross-site impact evaluation among a subset of community partnerships.
  • To conduct a qualitative cross-site process and impact evaluation among all 49 community partnerships.


Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities,
Active Living By Design,
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
Washington University Institute for Public Health,
Washington University Social System Design Laboratory,
University of Memphis

Population: HKHC focuses on children and families who are at high risk for obesity in diverse communities throughout the United States.

Logic Models:

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Logic Model - Layout 1
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Logic Model - Layout 2

Group Model Building:

HKHC Group Model Building Handbook


Enhanced Evaluation Resources


Case reports
Story books

Value Frameworks:

Value Framework Manual
Active Transportation Brief
Child Care Nutrition Standards Brief
Child Care Physical Activity Standards Brief
Corner Stores Brief
Farmers' Markets Brief
Parks and Play Spaces Brief