If you are starting a new initiative, you need to find out whether people you want to target in your local community are likely to use the service you are considering.
You also need to find out about existing projects, knowledge and skills in the area, to see how far the need is met already. It’s never too early to start networking and making links – this will help you to develop partnerships as your initiative develops.
Whatever the size of the initiative you are planning, research is important. However, the approach you take may vary according to your aims and the funding you may be able to access for research.
Where to go for advice
- Community Food and Health Scotland
- Scottish Community Development Centre
- Your local third sector interface
- Action Research by, in and for Communities (ARC): a practical guide to community-led action research (Scottish Community Development Centre)
- Mapping Exercise of Third Sector Food and Health Initiatives with Minority Ethnic Communities (REACH Community Health Project 2010)
- Moray Older People’s Survey on Food and Related Issues (Community First (Moray) 2010)
- Reaching the Parts... Community mapping: working together to tackle social exclusion and food poverty (Food Access Network)