Health promotion evaluation strategy of a community programmereduce barriers to health eating growing and cooking food and community ochesion

Produce an evaluation strategy for veg out community programme for a rural area of England with limited access to fresh fruit and veg, nearest supermarket 15 miles away, poor public transport the programme started 2012 a formal evaluation is required to demonstrate the success of the project

Aims of programme
Reduce barriers
Develop community skills growing and cooking fresh produce
Facilitate social cohesion, intergenerational shared ownership
Increase community consciousness .
Could this have benifited community mental health patients

The programme 20 large wood containers paid by council, mainly volunteers trained to water and seed produce can be taken by members of the community.
Cook and eat sessions run in school nurseries workplaces, basic data collected

Another town with a similar demographic could be used as a comparison
Strategy not confined by time scale o rbudget but should be practical

Evaluation approach and rationale (1000 word) (30%)
Outline philosophical approach i.e experimental participatory theory based pluralistic provide rationale (use 6 academic sources) detail rejected approaches discuss challenges
Selecting appropriate outcome indicators 400words (15%)
Short medium long term, indicators of success argue what indicators and how they should be measured questionnaire interview support arguments
Assessing process 250 words (15%)
training issues problems lessons learnt did it hit the target group methods used to understand the process, methods used to understand the programme.
Evaluation evidence into practice 350 words
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