ProCureWorks evaluation

This report summarizes findings of a qualitative assessment of the management, implementation and strategies used by ProCureWorks during its first two years (2015-2017). ProCureWorks (PCW) was formed as a joint initiative between School Food Focus (SFF) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) to leverage and support sustainable procurement in both schools and hospitals in California.

Data for this qualitative assessment was collected during summer, fall and winter of 2017 through 27 in-depth interviews of ProCureWorks stakeholders, including 13 school district and hospital food service staff,  five producer representatives (from Mindful Meats, Community Grains and Foster Farms), two community partners, and seven PCW leaders.

The evaluation team captures the successes and challenges of PCW in its first years by providing descriptive and thematic results from their interviews and offering some useful recommendations for how to approach this cross-sector collaborative work moving forward.

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