Resources for Educators
Program evaluation is an important tool for school garden programs to measure the quality, impact and effectiveness of their programs. Evaluation findings can help refine and strengthen these programs. Program evaluations can also provide findings and data to support and make the case for school garden programs, which are useful for grant writing and creating buy-in from schools.
While there are not currently Oregon Farm to School and School Garden-specific program evaluation materials, the School Garden Support Organization (SGSO) has fantastic guides and resources for creating your own program surveys and metrics!
•Measuring Impact and Sharing Results: This page includes relevant webinars, a variety of other organizations' resources, and tons of inspiration! This a is a great place to get started.
•Outcomes Framework and Example Surveys: These resources guide thinking about what types of outcomes you're looking for in your surveys. There are also numerous different types of example surveys for inspiration!
•My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant (MEERA) has example evaluations to peruse, as well as step-by-step instructions for planning an environmental education survey.