2016 National SAEA Conference Evaluation Results

A post-conference web-based survey was sent to all 375 participants requesting that they share their thoughts and feelings about their experiences at the event. Approximately 33%, (n=125) participants completed the evaluation. Post-conference evaluation information is being used to help shape and improve future SAEA conferences. The report linked here is a simplified version, at 27 pages. If you are interested in reviewing the full-length (53 page) report, please contact SAEA, at: saea.information@gmail.com

When 2016 SAEA Conference participants were asked to rate their overall experience, 24% reported it was the “Best conference I’ve ever been to”, 44% reported it was “Excellent”, and 26% reported “Above average.” This suggests that 94% had an exceptionally positive experience, overall.

The 2016 Conference was a first SAEA event, for 80% of participants, with 50% finding out about the event from a friend or colleague. Over 30% of participants were students, 50% were staff, faculty or administrators, and 25% worked at the University of California. Over 23% of participants reported being low-income staff or activist, 19% reported being a beginning farmer, apprentice or intern. 

Over 42% of participants were between the ages of 18-34, over 24% were between the ages of 34-44, with 22% between between 45-74. 

Over 71% of participants identified as female. 

When asked how useful the main activities were, participants ranked the Keynote Speakers and Decolonizing Foodways Symposium highest, followed closely by field trips, structured presentation seasons and workshops. Both dinner meals received the highest food satisfaction ranking by nearly 90% of participants. The Hay Barn, large meeting spaces, and Farm and Garden facilities also received the highest ranking by nearly 90% of participants. 

Over 80% of participants reported the event helped them a lot, to a great deal (highest ranking), in providing useful resources and building a network with peers and colleagues. 

In terms of what participants would like to see at future SAEA conferences, “Community engagement, popular education, and critical pedagogy”, along with “Curriculum and activities focused on social and food justice in the food system” ranked the highest with nearly 70% reporting being “Very interested”.