Evaluation is important. It can help us understand the effects of our work, improve our programs, and share our stories of impact.
But it can also be complex and tough to know where to start. F2CC, with the input of over 140 individuals from diverse sectors across the country, has developed the Farm to School Evaluation Framework for Canada to inform our own evaluation work and to give school communities, as well as researchers and policy makers, some guidance on how they can measure what matters.
This framework articulates 18 outcomes, 9 high-priority policy or community level indicators and 11 high-priority indicators that people have said that they want to see measured at the school level relating to 4 impact areas: Public Health, Education, Community Economic Development and the Environment. It then shares a full list of 45 priority indicators as well as other Indicator ideas that people wanting to evaluate their programs can select from.
We see this as the first step toward a common approach to measuring and reporting the impacts of farm to school in Canada.