Overview: Introducing FTS Evaluation

Since the late 1990’s, evaluation has contributed to the farm to school movement and the field of Farm to School evaluation has improved over the last decade, shifting from a complete lack of formal evaluation to an increasing focus on use of validated tools There are several reasons to evaluate farm-to-school programs, many of which fit into three overarching categories: program improvement; information for stakeholders; and information for current and future funders. Areas of focus for FTS program evaluation specifically include program participation, outputs, and short- and intermediate-term outcomes, as well as longer-term outcomes that should be kept in mind when designing baseline evaluations.

The Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit provides practical guidance, resources, and data collection instruments. It is accompanied by a webinar training series.


  • Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School   The need for more systematic and comprehensive evaluations is underscored by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN). The NFSN Framework is structured by sector, including community economic development, public health, education, and environmental quality. The Framework provides guidance for different types of users, including those at the program site level, the research level and the policy level.