Evaluating the free school breakfast initiative in Wales: Methodological issues

Katy Tapper*, Simon Murphy, Laurence Moore, Rebecca Lynch, Rachel Clark-Lee

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-215
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Food Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Children (age groups)
  • Government
  • Nutrition
  • Primary schools
  • Wales


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