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

Journal Article


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.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • 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.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/523

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 17

End Page


  • 24

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 2

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.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • 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.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/ahsri/523

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 17

End Page


  • 24

Volume


  • 14

Issue


  • 2