Evaluating the free school breakfast initiative in Wales: methodological issues

Tapper, K., Murphy, S., Moore, L. , Lynch, R. and Clark, R. (2007) Evaluating the free school breakfast initiative in Wales: methodological issues. British Food Journal, 109(3), pp. 206-215. (doi:10.1108/00070700710732538)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00070700710732538

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report findings on an initiative set up by The Welsh Assembly Government to provide free, healthy breakfasts to primary school children throughout Wales. Design/methodology/approach – The research employed a cluster randomised controlled trial design with 58 schools in South, West and North Wales. Quantitative measures were taken at baseline, four months and 12 months. Findings – With the injection of more money and effective services it was found that the free school breakfast initiative could help improve health and social inequalities. Originality/value – This paper provides some of the background to the initiative, describes the evaluation and highlights some of the key methodological issues that arose during the course of the research.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moore, Professor Laurence
Authors: Tapper, K., Murphy, S., Moore, L., Lynch, R., and Clark, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:British Food Journal
ISSN:0007-070X
ISSN (Online):1758-4108

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