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Communicating the value of school gardens is critical to establish and maintain support from teachers, administrators, parents, the community, and funding agencies. These resources provide tools to evaluate the effectiveness of school gardens from a wide range of perspectives.

  • Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan (PDF)
    This workbook from the CDC has detailed information on developing evaluation plans. It is not written specifically for school gardens but can be used for any program evaluation.
  • Cornell University Evaluation Toolkit 
    This toolkit from Cornell University includes guidelines for conducting different evaluation methods like surveys, interviews and observations.
  • Garden Based Learning (PDF)
    This is a useful publication on assessment from the California 4-H program.
  • Program Evaluation Overview (PDF)
    Evaluation concepts and examples from Cornell University.
  • Farm to School Curriculum Evaluation Form -
    Sample form for evaluating curriculum.
  • User-Friendly Handbook for Project Evaluation
    This publication from the National Science Foundation provides information on types of evaluation, steps in doing an evaluation, an overview of data collection methods, and cultural strategies.