IMPAQ provided technical assistance and evaluation support to the Healthy Checkout Conversion program implemented at key community stores in Solano County, California. This included a process and short-term outcome evaluation that quantified the change in the food and beverage environment and compliance with the conversion over time.
A key component of the process evaluation includes in-depth interviews with store owners, Solano Public Health staff, and community partners that assisted in store selection and store conversions. Interviews identified conversion best practices, barriers to maintaining healthier foods at checkout, and lessons learned to inform subsequent conversions.
Our team of researchers developed an intercept survey and collaborated with the Solano Public Health to implement the survey at the converted stores to learn about consumer perception of the conversion. IMPAQ also piloted two new environmental assessment tools developed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and The Food Trust that measure healthfulness of checkout areas and staff analyzed the data collected, and progress towards meeting county nutrition standards.
Solano County Public Health. (2017). Healthy Corner Store Checkout Conversion Program Evaluation: Final Report. Fairfield, CA: Ortega Hinojosa, A., Middleton, A., Botkin, J., Sumnicht, N. & Sarver M.