A Farm to School Evaluation Framework for Canada

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Author: Sustain Ontario

Posted: September 1, 2021

Categories: Edible Education Network / Good Food Ideas for Kids / GoodFoodBites / News from Sustain Members / News from Sustain Ontario / School Food News / Schools

With the input of over 140 individuals from diverse sectors across the country, Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) has just released a Farm to School Evaluation Framework for Canada!

This framework will not only help inform F2CC’s work, but it will also offer school communities, as well as researchers and policy makers, some guidance on how they can measure what matters. It will provide schools with a better understanding of the impacts of their farm to school programs so they can share these impacts with funders, administration, families, and the rest of their community.

The Farm to School Evaluation 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.

Visit F2CC’s website here to download the Farm to School Evaluation Framework for Canada!

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This project was led by Carolyn Webb, Research & Knowledge Translation Lead at F2CC and Coordinator of Sustain Ontario’s Edible Education Network, with the strong support of Jesse Veenstra, National Director at F2CC.