The following are REQUIRED for surveys and enrollment form administration  CMK, CMT, and CMF Kids survey

  • Do not photocopy from a master. This means, that if you are holding a class with 12 participants you must print 12 new copies.
  • If you must print out additional surveys, make sure they are single-sided.
  • Bring enough pens with blue or black ink (no pencils!) for all participants.
  • Make sure all questions have been answered.
  • Please no cursive.
  • Include blank “After” surveys for any participants that did not attend the final class.

The information that follows provides detailed instructions on completion of surveys during the 1st and 6th classes. It also includes preparation & paperwork for IFFS.  Once IFFS receives the surveys and enters the information into SOS database, we make a complete scan of the class survey packet for our records and forward the surveys on to SOS.  They use the survey data to generate data reports for us, so completion and accuracy are important.

Paper surveys from CMA, CMF parent survey, CMP, and CM Child Care Professionals must be entered into the links provided under Survey Administration and should not be mailed to IFFS with course reporting form.



First Class:

Explain the set-up of the survey.

  • The purpose of the survey is to understand what participants are doing or thinking before the course and whether they make any changes during the six weeks.
  • Encourage respondents to be honest in their responses and to answer all questions.  Remind them that their responses are confidential.
  • Assure participants that this survey is not a test.  There are no right or wrong answers.
  • Tell participants that they will be completing the”Before Course Survey” pages and demographics page, and should stop when they see the stop sign.  Point out that the response options for reach question are shown along the top of a grid, and that participants should mark the one box on each line that best represents their answer. Reemphasize that they will only be filling out the pages that say “Before Course Survey” at the top, stopping when they see the words “After Course Survey”.
  • Explain the ‘Does Not Apply’ option available in some questions.  Participants should choose ‘Does not Apply’ instead of ‘Never’ only if they do not consume a particular food category or are not responsible for an activity being discussed.
  • Clarify problem questions, if needed.
    • When you eat grain products, how often do you choose whole grain products?  Many participants might not be sure if a particular product is whole grain, particularly while completing the “Before Course” survey.  Please feel free to provide clarification on this and other questions based on content included in the Cooking Matters for Adults curriculum.
    • How often do you plan meals ahead of time? Planning meals ahead of time can include planning meals for an entire week, or planning the next evening’s meal the night before or in the morning.
    • How often do you make homemade meals “from scratch”?  Every ingredient does not need to be a whole ingredient or made from scratch for this question; for example, participants can count meals made with dried pasta or some pre-chopped vegetables, but most ingredients should be whole.
  • A parent/guardian must sign for all participants under age 18.

Last Class:

  • Fill out remainder of survey:  Participants will fill out pages with “After Course Survey” on them. Allow at least 20 minutes.  This also gives participants enough time to write answers in the open ended questions, which we use to collect quotes.
  • Encourage participants to provide complete and honest responses: Don’t call the survey a test.  Encourage everyone to say something about the class in the open-ended questions at the end of the survey. Help respondents give more honest and complete answers by reminding participants of the purpose of the survey and about confidentiality.
  • Be aware of reading levels.  If you feel like everyone might not be able to read, consider these: 
    • Read each question aloud.
    • Read slowly, read exactly as written, and in the order in which it appears on the survey.
    • Read all of the options given in the question.
    • If you have any doubt that the participants have heard the entire question, repeat all of it
  • Be available to answer any questions: Participants may have questions on how to interpret certain questions.  Make sure you are available and capable of answering their questions.


FY 2017 Surveys 

2017 CM Adults English Survey

2017 CM Adults Spanish Survey

2017 CM Parents English Survey

2017 CM Parents Spanish Survey

2017 CM Families English Survey

2017 CM Families Spanish Surveys

2017 CM Families English Survey for an Extra Child

2017 CM Teens English Survey

2017 CM Kids English Survey

2017 CM Kids Survey – 1st page translated into Spanish for Spanish-speaking parents to complete

2017 CM for Child Care Professionals English Survey

2017 CM for Child Care Professionals Spanish Survey

Note: If you are running a CMATS tour in place of the week 5 lesson, please refer to Forms and Templates for CMATS.


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