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Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School

National Farm to School Network and Upstream Public Health | 25-Aug-2014

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Evaluation for Transformation defines the outcomes that farm to school has the potential to achieve and it offers common language, guidelines and metrics to understand those outcomes for the first time. The framework is organized around four key sectors: public health, community economic development, education and environmental quality. Beyond the four sectors, the framework is also structured around three levels of action: program, research and policy. We hope that readers representing multiple stakeholders will use this framework as a guide to develop, describe, implement and conduct farm to school and farm to preschool activities and evaluations. This is a working document based on current understanding of the field, and will be updated as new information becomes available.  

To help you understand the framework and share it with others, there are several supporting documents that can also be downloaded below including a presentation template, a user guide and sectoral briefs for  the four sectors the framework covers. The accompanying documents can be downloaded in a single, zipped folder below or individually here: 

User Guide 

Public Health Sectoral Brief

Community Economic Development Sectoral Brief 

Education Sectoral Brief

Environmental Quality Sectoral Brief

Evaluation for Transformation Worksheet

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Print copies of Evaluation for Transformation can also be purchased by downloading this order form

We request users and readers to fill out a short online survey form (below) to inform us how you are using the evaluation framework, and provide feedback for improvements in future iterations.

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