EON’s Thriving Communities Program is outcomes-based. We have a clear Program Guide with practical milestones, and we monitor Key Performance Indicators based on food supply, health and education outcomes.

2017 Monitoring and Evaluation Findings

The most recent EON Monitoring and Evaluation Report was released in December 2017 by the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Indigenous Health and Ms Rishelle Hume, 2016 winner of the Western Australian of the Year Award (Aboriginal Category).

The Report outlines the findings of a comprehensive survey conducted by EON across 10 of the remote Aboriginal communities that have been participating in the EON Thriving Communities Program for between 6 months and three years. The survey involved more than 350 Aboriginal children, adult community members and teachers, and provides evidence of the impact and success of our Program.

We are proud of the results which demonstrate long-term behaviour changes relating to food and health, improved health outcomes, increased attendance and engagement of children at school, and training and employment opportunities for adult community members. As noted by Mr Wayne Martin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of WA, in his Foreward to the Report, the results confirm the success of EON’s community-based partnership approach to delivery.

The results of the survey show significant impacts for children and adults in terms of health and education. For example:

  • 96% of teachers have seen positive changes in student attitudes and behaviours as a result of the EON program, plus positive impacts on student health and school attendance
  • 91% identify EON as their primary source of learningabout health and nutrition
  • 91% believe it is important to eat fruit and vegetables
  • 91% like learning how to cookhealthy meals
  • 54% talk to their family about how to be healthy, using the lessons learned from EON
  • 92% would like to eat more fruit and vegetables

Exit Evaluation Impact Review 2014

An Exit Evaluation Impact Review was undertaken by EON in August 2014 in five of the communities evaluated by KPMG in 2013 – Beagle Bay, Djarindjin Lombadina, Looma, Noonkanbah and One Arm Point – on completion of the full five year term of the Thriving Communities Program. Its aim was to assess for the impacts of the Program with direct reference to Program participants and key Program stakeholders. The results confirmed the positive impact of the Program, particularly for the children.

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’
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas were more likely than those in non-remote areas to be living in a household that had run out of food and couldn’t afford to buy more (31% compared with 20%).

    National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2012-2013

Monitoring and Evaluating EON’s Program

EON undertakes regular and rigorous Program monitoring and evaluation because we are also committed to understanding whether the Program is delivering our targeted impacts.

An Exit Evaluation Impact Review was undertaken by EON in August 2014 in five of the communities evaluated by KPMG – Beagle Bay, Djarindjin Lombadina, Looma, Noonkanbah and One Arm Point – on completion of the full five year term of the Thriving Communities Program. Its aim was to assess for the impacts of the Program with direct reference to Program participants and key Program stakeholders.

See EON’s Exit Evaluation Impact Review 2014

Key findings from the Exit Evaluation Impact Review:

Table1: Summary Sample of Student Survey Responses

STUDENT SURVEYS (118 Students aged 8-14, 50% male, 50% female)
STUDENT RESPONSES% of TOTAL
Learnt how to grow vegetables and fruit in the edible garden89
Learnt how to cook healthy foods82
Learnt why it is important to eat healthily69
Learnt how to grow vegetables at home57
Can identify 15 of 20 fruit and vegetables displayed90
Know what 3 things plants need to grow93
Know when the produce is ready to be harvested92
Enjoy taking care of the plants in the garden94
Would like their own gardens at home90
Eat the fruit and vegetables from the garden93
Take seedlings home from the garden to plant70
Know what healthy food is93
Know what unhealthy food is87
Know how to cook something healthy85
Know how to keep the kitchen clean before and after cooking94
Like eating fruit and vegetables from the garden94
Like learning how to cook healthy meals93
Know why it is important not to eat lots of unhealthy food73
Know what is a healthy snack to buy from the store92