Project Title: Program Planning and Evaluation Intern
Background on the Project: SPROUT NOLA’s mission is to make the food system local, healthy, and fresh by supporting growers of every level, from kids learning to plant their first seed to lifelong farmers, with technical and social support. SPROUT strives to build a stronger community of growers in New Orleans and to help all New Orleanians be part of a community-based food system through advocacy and systems change. SPROUT provides resources like land-access and technical gardening education to increase healthy food access. SPROUT works with partners and community members to build power in communities for food, economic, and social justice. Through these partnerships SPROUT offers a range of programs where individuals and families can learn to grow food for themselves and receive fresh seasonal produce on-site in exchange for their volunteer service; programming for ReFresh Project coalition partners; field trips; a free weeklong summer camp for neighborhood children; and a weekly on-site farmers market that offers locally grown produce and functions as a low-barrier opportunity for low-capital neighborhood entrepreneurs to sell their products. SPROUT has worked with interns for the past two years developing program evaluation tools, as well as worked together to create systems for outcome-based program design and improvement. SPROUT’S model is deeply community based and the program design and monitoring process is created alongside program participants and continuously evolving based on feedback. All interns are part of the SPROUT team for the duration of their internship, attending weekly staff meetings, one-on-one time, and community based decision-making meetings.
Student’s Responsibility and Activities: The intern will assist with the following activities from January 2019 – May 2019:
- Conduct quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including the interpretation and communication of results.
- Work collaboratively with coalition partners to integrate shared measurements into data collection processes within a collective impact model.
- Serve as a resource to community gardeners and assist in coordination of participatory strategies to track output.
- Assist with grant writing.
- Manage social media and document programming with high-quality photographs, stories, and testimonials from program participants.
- Assist in garden stewardship and programming to maintain the ReFresh Community Farm as a positive environmental factor affecting health.
Supervisor: Emily Mickley-Doyle & Margee Green, Co-Coordinators of SPROUT NOLA.
Transportation: A car is not necessary if the student can get back and forth periodically to the SPROUT NOLA garden at the ReFresh Project, located at 300 N Broad Street, via Tulane shuttle, bus or bike. A large majority of the time will be spent developing protocols and systems, which can be done on the students own. There will be regular in-person check-ins about project timelines and milestones. Some time spent on-site in the garden and at the market will be required (approximately 50% of total hours).
For more information about this organization, visit www.sproutnolafarm.org