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

    The Station Food Company: webinar   |   toolkit

To learn more about the Farm to School Evaluation Framework, please visit our website here: 

Farm to School Evaluation Framework

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