How can assessment systems be used to evaluate healthcare activities in the care farms?

Insights from a systematic literature review

Keywords: care farm, system of evaluation, systematic literature review


Purpose – to identify in the literature the main activities of Social Agriculture and elaborate a framework easily readable to manage them.

Design/Method/Approach –systematic literature review.

Findings. Formulation of an interpretative framework for evaluation and management of the existing Social Agriculture actions trough a system-describing pattern.

Theoretical implications. Care farms are the most innovative expressions of the agriculture multifunctional. Through the development of complementary activities related to the production of food, they represent an opportunity to discover the innumerable resources of the rural world. An assessment system of the care farming activities, allows for reaching a clear definition of the services for the citizens.

Practical implications. Individuals can use Social Agriculture as a way out of job-related stress. Firms, local, and national authorities should evaluate, support, and manage Social Agriculture.

Originality/Value. This study for the first time concludes that the rural context and agricultural process are the drivers to promote social integration in the communities. Therefore, the meaning of the Social Agriculture assessment systems obtaining a great importance both for the value' increase of the farmer and for the increase of support for social policies in marginal areas.

Future research. The prospects for further studies are: future research about measures to evaluate Social Agriculture activities; tools to improve the decision-making process about future scenarios of the care processes for the society; improved services to avoid the worsening of population health status and thus, improving the process of defining social policies.

Paper type – conceptual.


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Author Biographies

F. P. Salvatore, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

Ph.D. Student, M. Econ., Department of Economics

F. Contò, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

Full Professor, Department of Economics


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How to Cite
Salvatore, F. P., & Contò, F. (2018). How can assessment systems be used to evaluate healthcare activities in the care farms? Insights from a systematic literature review. European Journal of Management Issues, 26(1-2), 39-47.