[Link] Surveying US College and University Dining Services for Potential Collaboration on Diet Change Research 2017-2018

Hu­mane League Labs has com­pleted a re­port ti­tled Sur­vey­ing US Col­lege and Univer­sity Din­ing Ser­vices for Po­ten­tial Col­lab­o­ra­tion on Diet Change Re­search 2017-2018 pre­sent­ing the re­sults of sur­veys de­signed to iden­tify cam­puses with de­tailed data on food pur­chas­ing habits. I’m glad to an­swer any ques­tions and would wel­come feed­back on build­ing these col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Ex­ec­u­tive sum­mary: Col­lab­o­ra­tion with col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties may be a promis­ing op­por­tu­nity for col­lect­ing data on what foods peo­ple buy. This data could sup­port re­search in an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy and other fields seek­ing to change diet, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the pur­chase and con­sump­tion of an­i­mal prod­ucts. To help build these col­lab­o­ra­tions, in­for­ma­tion about the din­ing ser­vices at 66 cam­puses in the United States was col­lected. Us­ing this in­for­ma­tion, we tried to iden­tify cam­puses which were likely to have de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the food stu­dents buy and be will­ing to col­lab­o­rate with re­searchers. We iden­ti­fied three such cam­puses and 25 cam­puses that likely do not meet those crite­ria. Re­searchers should con­sider col­lab­o­rat­ing with the iden­ti­fied cam­puses, search­ing for ad­di­tional cam­puses as well as al­ter­na­tive re­search meth­ods that do not re­quire such de­tailed in­for­ma­tion.