Evaluation

Knockout Obesity is committed to evaluating the effectiveness of its program in achieving its stated goals and desired outcomes.

In partnership with an experienced evaluation consultant, Knockout Obesity designed an evaluation plan to identify program strengths and weaknesses so adjustments can be made to improve program efficacy, as needed. Knockout Obesity will collect qualitative and quantitative data at various intervals in order to measure the program’s progress toward its six desired outcomes, as follows:

  • Increased Knowledge of Nutrition: The California Department of Health’s nutritional knowledge assessment will be administered to participants at seven intervals (intake, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, and 18 months.) This will establish participants’ baseline knowledge and measure short- and long-term knowledge gains, distinguishing between gains made during the Knockout Obesity-run program and CBO-run program.
  • Increased Self-Esteem: The Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale will be administered to participants at seven intervals (intake, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, and 18 months.) This will establish participants’ baseline self-esteem and measure any improvements in self-esteem attributable to the Knockout Obesity-run program or CBO-run program.
  • Improved Attitudes Toward Physical Activity: The Physical Attitudinal Survey, comprised of multiple measures, will be administered to participants at seven intervals (intake, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, and 18 months.) This will establish baseline attitudes for participants and measure any improvement in attitude after the Knockout Obesity-run program.
  • Decreased Body Mass Index (BMI): Applying the CDC’s guidelines, BMI will be measured for each participant at seven intervals (intake, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, and 18 months.) This will establish participants’ baseline BMI and measure short- and long-term improvements, distinguishing between gains made during the Knockout Obesity-run program and CBO-run program.
  • Increased Physical Endurance: The Progressive Aerobic Cardiovascular Endurance Run (PACER) Test measures participants’ VO2 Max, which is the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use and correlates with an increase in physical endurance. The PACER Test will be administered at seven intervals (intake, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, 12 month, 15 month, and 18 month.) This will establish participants’ baseline VO2 Max and measure short- and long-term improvements, distinguishing between gains made during the Knockout Obesity-run program and CBO-run program.
  • Increased Capacity of CBOs to Deliver Age-Appropriate Physical Activity: Knockout Obesity will contact the CBO at four intervals (6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months) to survey the CBO’s capacity to run the program.

Throughout the evaluation process, Knockout Obesity will share the results with its coaches, participants, CBO partner staff, and other key stakeholders to promote program transparency, replicability, and continuous self-improvement.