Our Goal: Real, Measurable Change
When you donate to a nonprofit… how do you know that your gift is doing more than just providing a pretty picture? How can you assess whether it’s creating real and measurable change?
At Schoolyard Roots, you can rest assured.
We use a robust and independent evaluation to help shape and improve our program’s every aspect. Each year, we work with award-winning researcher Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer and a research team at The University of Alabama, who conduct an ongoing, independent evaluation of the effectiveness of Schoolyard Roots school gardens.
Four years ago we asked them… are our gardens affecting our children’s desire to learn, their academic performance, and how much fresh food they eat?
This is what they found… In school year 2016-2017, students in our program were:
We use these results to shape everything from our curriculum, professional development methodology, expansion plans, and… well… overall how we approach the issues of academic performance and health outcomes.
When we see a child’s health and education improve, we know that we’re not only investing in that child’s life today — we’re helping them build a better future.
In short… you can know that your gifts are helping our kids be healthier and more engaged in school.
VIEW RESEARCH SUMMARIES:
|FOOD DESERTS IN SCHOOLS||2013 – 2014 PROGRAM IMPACT||BMI DATA COLLECTION|
When you join in partnership with Schoolyard Roots, you can become part of real, measurable change to make Alabama a healthier, more sustainable place.