If you don’t have a clear picture of where you are right now, how can you monitor progress or determine where you are going?
We often assume we know, but facts and data show our perceptions are not always accurate. We guess how much food kids are throwing away, what students eat the most, or what menu items cost the least. Then we make menus we think kids like, believe we are improving, and hope that we are operating within budget. However, by establishing a baseline with data relevant to your goals you will know with certainty where you stand, and then be able to make the best decisions for your program to achieve success. Painting a clear picture of the program status also creates opportunities to identify needs and seek funding to meet your goals.