Programme Evaluation research

The “Sustainable Food Education Programme”

In 2006 Yorkshire Forward and partners launched the “Yorkshire and Humber Sustainable Food Education Programme” in Yorkshire. As the programme neared its end in 2009 the partners decide to evaluate the programme through research.

Assessing outcomes and impact

Qa was commissioned to independently evaluate the programme. Specifically, the research needed to discover whether the initiative had embedded “sustainable food issues within the mainstream curriculum, continuing professional development of teachers, initial teacher training and other Yorkshire & Humber food education programmes and initiatives.”

To meet this aim Qa set out to evaluate the scheme, investigating not only whether the aims of the programme had been achieved, but exploring, analysing and reporting back on the additionality and counter-factuals to truly determine the strategic added value of the initiative.

14 one-hour qualitative face-to-face and telephone depth interviews were conducted with: teachers, Linking Schools representatives, Regional Partners (including the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, North York Moors National Park and Healthy Schools) and businesses.

Lessons for the future

Following this independent evaluation Yorkshire Forward and partners can now make a clear assessment of the progress made towards achieving the programme’s aims. Our final report also included recommendations on developing similar sustainable food education activities in the future across the region.

For more details e-mail nick.how@qaresearch.co.uk or call 01904 632039