The ‘What’s Cooking’ study in conjunction with The University of Melbourne, is the first to measure long-term impact in the Foundation’s 15-year history. The results show that 84% of those surveyed agreed it had a positive impact on their lives, with 58% of these reporting it increased their enjoyment of school as well as an increased respect for fresh and seasonal produce.
A Department of Health and Ageing-funded national evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program was undertaken between 2011-2012 by the Centre for Health Service Development at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. The evaluation confirmed the positive impacts of the Program. Students found the activities of the Program to be a positive context for learning across multiple subject areas. 96.7% of teacher respondents were very positive and provided numerous perspectives of the ways the Program was supportive of classroom learning.
An evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program was undertaken between 2007 and 2009, by a joint research team from the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing & Behavioural Sciences, Deakin University and the McCaughey Centre: VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne. The findings were extremely positive and demonstrated that the Kitchen Garden Program is encouraging positive health behaviour change in participating children. The evaluation also showcased the transfer of benefits to the home and the broader community.