Title

Combining realism with rigour: evaluation of a national kitchen garden program in Australian primary schools

RIS ID

91178

Publication Date

2014

Publication Details

H. Yeatman, K. Quinsey, J. Dawber, W. Nielsen, D. Condon-Paoloni, S. Eckermann, D. Morris, P. Grootemaat & D. Fildes, "Combining realism with rigour: evaluation of a national kitchen garden program in Australian primary schools", Evaluation Journal of Australasia 14 2 (2014) 17-24.

Abstract

School garden and kitchen-based activities have potential as health-promoting school initiatives but lack well-designed evaluation frameworks. This article outlines an evaluation of a national kitchen garden program conducted in Australian primary schools. The aim was to evaluate the implementation and impact of a national garden and kitchen program in Australia, including child and health-related impacts of the program, and program implementation factors. The evaluation was undertaken using a multi-component, hierarchical evaluation framework that incorporated a modified case-control design and mixed methods. A cross-section of initiative (N=28) and comparison (N=14) schools was included.

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