Determine The Magnitude Of Food Insecurity At Your Institution

Partnerships By Design offers you an objective, fact-based tool that allows you to statistically estimate the number of students enrolled in your college, university or other institution of higher education likely to be experiencing Food Insecurity, as well as the significance of that projection: PARTNERSHIPS BY DESIGN CHI-SQUARE CALCULATOR

The national effort to develop innovative approaches to respond to the needs of college students experiencing Food Insecurity has been growing rapidly. One of the most pervasive challenges encountered in these efforts has been the ability to determine and demonstrate the size of the student population experiencing Food Insecurity within individual colleges. Historically, the determination of the size of this student population has been based on limited scale surveys conducted directly with a small sampling of each college’s student population. The small size of such surveys has often made it difficult to motivate and/or convince school administration decision-makers, and even private and public philanthropists, to make significant resources available to respond to such student needs.

Partnerships By Design has developed a social science statistical fact-based calculator model that will allow you to use circumstantial data to calculate the estimated number of students enrolled experiencing Food Insecurity: PARTNERSHIPS BY DESIGN CHI-SQUARE CALCULATOR



1.)  Collect the following data about your current year student population (for “test” runs use

  • a) number of Full-Time students
  • b) number of ¾ Time students
  • c) number of ½ Time students
  • d) number of students who are Parents
  • e) number of Families enrolled as students
  • f) number of Pell Grant eligible students
  • g) number of Pell Grants awarded
  • h) number of Tuition Remissions granted
  • i) number of Disabled students
  • j) number of students with Student Loans

On The Chi-square Calculator Table

2) insert the abbreviated titles for items – a, b, c, d, e, from Step one above, into the 5 cell rows on the far left side of the table, respectively
3) insert the abbreviated titles for items – f, g, h, i, j, from Step one above, into the 5 cell column headers across the top of the table, respectively
4) click the “next” tab
5) insert the numerical values (student counts) for items – a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, I, j, into the intersecting rows and columns, respectively
6) confirm the numerical values (student counts) inserted are correct, or what you intended
7) click the “next” tab
8) leave the “Significance Level” button .05 SELECTED
9) click the “Calculate Chi 2” tab

The table will display the results of the calculation. The “chi-square statistic” shown is the estimated count of students enrolled at your institution likely to be experiencing “Food Insecurity”.
The “P – Value” reported in the calculated results represent the probability of how wrong (or right) the calculated results. The lower the P-Value the more “Significant” or accurate the results: < 0.0001 to 0.001 = Extremely Significant

  • 0.001 to 0.01 = Very Significant
  • 0.01 to 0.05 = Significant
  • 0.05 to 0.10 = Not Significant

The Partnerships By Design team is here to help. We are committed to the belief that
“There Is A Solution For Every Need”. We have developed an innovative SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION for responding to college student Food Insecurity within an individual college, university or other institution of higher education.


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