Farm to School — Tools for Schools

Evaluation Resources

Evaluation is an important exercise for every project; helping identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement. These resources can be helpful in evaluating various aspects of your farm to school projects.

Boost Meal Appeal Resources
TDA has developed several resources to help evaluate student satisfaction and identify areas for improvement. Visit the Boost Meal Appeal portal for more information and links to student surveys, taste testing resources and program operation evaluation resources.

Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit
This collection of survey instruments and evaluation tools can help assess farm to school outcomes with different participants including students, foodservice staff, farmers, educators and other stakeholders. These tools were used as part of a coordinated Farm to School program evaluation at four sites (Riverside, CA; Springfield, OR; Saratoga Springs, NY and Union 74, ME) supported by the National Farm to School Network; conducted by the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The tools were used in 2008 and 2009. 

Colorado Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit and Webinars
This toolkit contains many resources for selecting outcomes and measurement tools to evaluate student, community, food service, producer, parent and school administrator impacts.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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