EON’s Thriving Communities Program is designed to be very practical and outcome focused. It is delivered fortnightly in the remote communities in which we operate over the long term, typically five years. We believe this commitment is required to deliver the sustainable positive impacts we are aiming for – including improved health outcomes, fresh food security, local capacity building and better educational engagement.
KPMG Evaluation Research Findings (2013)
The independent KPMG Report Evaluation of the Thriving Communities Program in Six Kimberley Communities (2013) delivered the following insights:
The Program Is Appropriate
- EON takes ‘a genuine community development approach that values long term engagement over rapid delivery, local capacity-building over passive hand-outs and practical cooperation over top-down intervention’
The Program is Effective
- ‘All Principals interviewed by KPMG expressed their support for the EON Edible Garden; not only as a means to facilitate access to fresh fruit and vegetables, but also as a valuable educational resource…”a fantastic opportunity for hands-on and interactive activities that can be linked to a range of curriculum areas”’.
- ‘It is widely acknowledged that EON Foundation is operationally efficient and effective.’
The Program is delivering Positive Impact
- ‘The evidence is strong that there has been a demonstrable improvement in the horticultural and healthy eating knowledge and skills of children’.
- ‘Feedback from stakeholders and observation from KPMG suggests that the EON Healthy Eating Program is contributing to increased awareness of the link between fresh food, nutrition and good health amongst community members’
See the 2013 KPMG Evaluation Report