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Gail Feenstra of UC Davis presents on the "3 P's" of evaluation: priorities, procurement and process during the Farm to Institution Short Course offering. Saint Paul Public Schools is used as the case ...

Gail Feenstra of UC Davis presents on the "3 P's" of evaluation: priorities, procurement and process during the Farm to Institution Short Course offering. Saint Paul Public Schools is used as the case study.

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    Research Short Course: School Food FOCUS Evaluation Research Short Course: School Food FOCUS Evaluation Presentation Transcript

    • School Food FOCUS Evaluation: The 3 “P”s
      Gail Feenstra, ASI, UC Davis
    • School Food FOCUS
      Priorities
      Procurement
      Process
    • Priorities
      Each Learning Lab school district sets their own priorities
      Example: Saint Paul School District
      Reduced sugar in milk
      More whole grain bread products
      More local fresh, produce
      More healthful poultry products
      Evaluation: To what extent has SPPS achieved these goals and how?
    • Procurement
      Procurement diagram for SPPS (produce)
      Quantitative assessment (pre and post) for each priority area
      Qualitative (process) evaluation
    • Saint Paul Public Schools: Most Common Routes for Produce PurchasesBefore Involvement with the Learning Lab (2007/2008)
      Wholesale Distributors
      Growers
      Packers/
      Shippers
      Processors
      Specialized Distributors
      Broadliners
      Buyer
      Products
      % of total
      Produce Purchases (2008/2009)
      Pepin Heights
      Orchard
      Apples
      ?
      ?
      3%
      ?
      Central Kitchen
      ?
      ?
      ?
      ?
      ?
      ?
      Cre8it
      Fresh Produce
      ?
      ?
      23%
      ?
      Bergin
      Fresh Produce
      ?
      ?
      17%
      ?
      Upper Lakes Foods
      Food Processor
      ?
      Fresh & Processed Produce
      6%
      family owned Minnesota Broadliner
      US Foods
      Food Processor
      ?
      Fresh & Processed Produce
      25%
      USDA
      Commodities
      Canned & Frozen Produce
      19%
      Brown Box via truck load
      = Local/Regional
    • Innovative Modification using RFP
      Wholesale Distributors
      Growers
      Packers/
      Shippers
      Processors
      Specialized Distributors
      Broadliners
      Buyer
      Products
      Request for Proposal:
      Locally Grown Fresh Fruits & Raw Vegetables
      (200 mile radius from St Paul, including Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota)
      Pepin Heights
      Orchard
      Apples
      Central Kitchen
      Transparency to farm gate
      a
      b
      c
      Cre8it
      Fresh
      LOCAL
      Produce
      e
      d
      f
      Bergin
      Fresh Produce
      Upper Lakes Foods
      Food Processor
      ?
      Fresh & Processed Produce
      family owned Minnesota Broadliner
      US Foods
      Food Processor
      ?
      Fresh& ProcessedProduce
      USDA
      Commodities
      Canned & Frozen Produce
      Brown Box via Truckload
      = Local/Regional
    • Saint Paul Public Schools: Most Common Routes for Produce PurchasesAfter Involvement with the Learning Lab (2008/2009)
      Wholesale Distributors
      Growers
      Packers/
      Shippers
      Processors
      Specialized Distributors
      Broadliners
      Buyer
      Products
      % of total
      Produce Purchases (2009/2010)
      Pepin Heights
      Orchard
      Apples
      ?
      ?
      __%
      ?
      Central Kitchen
      ?
      ?
      ?
      ?
      ?
      ?
      Cre8it
      Fresh &
      LOCAL
      Produce
      a
      b
      c
      __%
      e
      d
      f
      Bergin
      Fresh Produce
      ?
      ?
      __%
      ?
      Upper Lakes Foods
      Food Processor
      ?
      Fresh & Processed Produce
      __%
      family owned Minnesota Broadliner
      USFoods
      Food Processor
      ?
      Fresh & Processed Produce
      __%
      USDA
      Commodities
      Canned & FrozenProduce
      __%
      Brown Box via truck load
      = Local/Regional
    • Process
      Participatory (eval advisory committee)
      Interim/ Final
      40 interviews (leadership, school food service, community partners, nat’l and policy partners)
      30 interviews (engaged, peripheral, leaders, USDA)
    • Process
      Organizational impacts
      Programmatic impacts
      School food learning lab
      Education and Outreach
      Policy
      Future direction
      Other
    • Process: What works
      Organizing data
      Trying out NVivo
      Eval team: Triangulate results
      Incorporating quotes
      Keep report short and direct
      Start with strengths; move on to areas needing attn
      Provide concrete recommendations