Evaluation is important. It can help us understand the effects of our work, improve our programs, and share our impacts to gain further support. That’s why we released a Farm to School Evaluation Framework for Canada last year, with the input of over 140 individuals from diverse sectors across the country.
The Framework articulates 18 outcomes, 9 high-priority policy or community level indicators and 11 high-priority indicators relating to 4 impact areas — Public Health, Education, Community Economic Development and the Environment.
To supplement this work, we’ve been gathering some evaluation tools that can be used to measure the indicators within our Framework:
- This spreadsheet shares a list of the Framework’s indicators and outcomes. Download it and add columns for comments and insights when planning your own evaluation!
- Check out these Staff and Student Surveys for measuring priority indicators.
You can adapt either of these templates to measure the Framework’s priority indicators.
- This Food Tracking Tool can be used to track ingredients in your meal service and help you calculate the percentage of local food you’re purchasing.
- These webinar recordings and toolkits share evaluation tools to support farm to school programs, from the following three experienced organizations:
Roots to Harvest: webinar | toolkit
Growing Chefs! Ontario: webinar | toolkit
To learn more about the Farm to School Evaluation Framework, please visit our website here: