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WA State FFY21-23 Three-Year Plan

WA State FFY21-23 Three-Year Plan

Planning Process

This page will continue to be updated with guidance from Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) for those involved in the three-year planning process.

WA State Three-Year Plan

States are required to write one- or three-year plans to describe SNAP-Ed programming. These plans are submitted to and approved by FNS prior to the start of the plan and updated annually to provide more detail and adjustments when necessary. You can view the WA SNAP-ED FFY21-23 Three-Year Plan here.

Washington State is currently operating in the third federal fiscal year (FFY20) of our current three-year plan. In addition to overseeing current programming, the SNAP-Ed Leadership Team—which consists of DSHS, Implementing Agencies from each of WA’s five regions, and three statewide initiatives—is leading development of the next three year plan (FFY21-23), taking into consideration existing programming, the needs assessment, and best practices for improving healthy eating and active living are being.

The SNAP-Ed Toolkit, which contains a collection of evidence-based interventions used in SNAP-Ed across the country, is a great starting place for finding best practices for improving healthy eating and active living.

Allowable Programming

SNAP-Ed is a federally-funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, and all programming must follow the FFY21 SNAP-Ed Guidance (pdf). Your Implementing Agency can answer questions about complying with the Guidance.

Guiding Principles, Priorities and Goals for FFY21-23

In order to create a more cohesive plan at the state level, the SNAP-Ed LT developed guiding principles, priorities and goals (.pdf) for providers to inform three-year planning.

  • Guiding Principles: While SNAP-Ed has federal-level guiding principles, the LT developed Washington state-specific values that will be the foundation of SNAP-Ed programming across three-year plans. All SNAP-Ed programming should be aligned with the Guiding Principles.
  • Priorities: Left intentionally broad so providers can tailor interventions to local and regional needs, the priorities identify the core work that will be done as a state to achieve the identified goals. The majority of SNAP-Ed programming in WA should be aligned with the Priorities, but there may be work that falls outside their scope.
  • Goals: States are required to develop goals for which they can measure the program’s impact. Progress on these goals is reported in each annual report. Informed by the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework, the WA SNAP-Ed LT identified four goals for FFY21-23, each with objectives that are: specific, measurable, appropriate, realistic, and time-bound (SMART). Because it can take a long time to impact healthy eating, active living, and PSE, you may notice that the broader goals do not change, but new benchmarks are set. Some new objectives have been added for FFY21-23. To successfully evaluate SNAP-Ed, all programming should be measured by the objectives and goals. Providers proposing programming that cannot be tracked through the goals and objectives should consult with their Implementing Agency to ensure work is allowable under SNAP-Ed and appropriate plans to evaluate efforts are in place.

Step One: Statewide Needs Assessment

While in the current three-year plan (FFY18­­-20) Washington completed regional needs assessments, states are required by FNS to complete a statewide needs assessment. In FFY19, DSHS contracted with Spokane Regional Health District Public Health Centers for Excellence to conduct a statewide needs assessment to inform the FFY21–23 State Plan. The needs assessment (.pdf) was completed in September 2019.

Step Two: Identify Guiding Principles, Priorities, and Goals

Guided by the needs assessment and provider input, the SNAP-Ed Leadership Team, which consists of DSHS, Implementing Agencies, and statewide initiatives developed Guiding Principles, which represent core values that SNAP-Ed will aim to meet in its programming across three-year plans, and from those Priorities and Goals for the next three years. The Priorities represent core themes to ensure programming is consistent with the guiding principles and works to achieve the FFY23 statewide goals. This new step in the development in the three-year planning process is meant to lead to a plan that is more cohesive and collaborative at the state level, while leaving opportunities for providers to tailor strategies to meet regional and local needs. The Guiding Principles, Priorities, and Goals (.pdf) were completed on January 31.

Step Three: Develop Regional Plans

Implementing Agencies have different directions for providers to develop their three-year plans. From January­ until late spring (please check with your IA for the due date to submit your plan), providers will develop their state plans for the next three years.

Step Four: Submit Plan to Implementing Agency

Please check with your Implementing Agency for the final due date to submit your plan.

Step Five: Implementing Agencies Submit Plans to DSHS

Implementing Agencies are required to submit their plans to DSHS on July 1, 2020.

Step Six: DSHS Submits Plan to USDA Food and Nutrition Service

DSHS will submit the full FFY21-23 State Plan to FNS in August for review and approval. DSHS may receive questions from FNS on the state plan, and may seek clarification from Implementing Agencies and/or providers.

Step Seven: FFY21 Begins

Starting October 1, 2020, work on the FFY21-23 State Plan begins, pending approval from FNS.