Research and evaluation

Household food insecurity

In December 2016, at Serenity Café in Edinburgh, a workshop was held sharing learning about, and reflecting on, work that is currently taking place in Scotland and in the rest of the UK on the issue of household food insecurity measurement. The day was supported by NHS Health Scotland, the Rural and Environment Science and …

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Community-led research into food security and insecurity

Research reports from our three community partners – Central and West Integration Network, Linwood Community Development Trust, and Borders Healthy Living Network are now available. Borders Healthy Living Network has also produced a video, which can be found below. The research aimed to explore aspirations of food security and experience of food insecurity from people …

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Research – factors affecting the sustainability of community retailing

In 2015 CFHS commissioned research to identify the factors that affect the sustainability of community retailers (food co-ops, fruit and vegetable stalls and barras and community shops). The research was completed in Autumn 2016. A summary of the research findings and recommendations will be available late summer/early autumn 2017.

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The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland

In October 2014, CFHS commissioned a group of research scientists to consider questions of food insecurity/poverty in Scotland. The main aim of the research was to explore the wider context of household food poverty/insecurity (HFI)  in Scotland and to develop an understanding of the current level and nature of HFI to inform policy and practice. The …

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Research – exploring the impacts of community retailing

CFHS is commissioning research to explore the economic, social and environmental impacts that community retailers are bringing to the communities they work with and within, and if and how, they are helping to address health inequalities.  The research will be completed by March 2016.

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A review of practical cooking skills activities which focus on promoting an affordable healthy balanced diet for adults, young people and their families within low-income communities in Scotland

In 2014 Community Food and Health Scotland/NHS Health Scotland commissioned a realist review of community cooking skills activities run by community initiatives and agencies. The review planned to explore issues such as how the social circumstances of participants and the approach of the cooking skills activities can affect the outcomes. The researchers analysed 81 sets …

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Evaluation support

In autumn 2014 six organisations participated in a four-day Evaluating Impact Learning Account workshop programme on evaluation; all completed the course and are applying their learning back in their work. Four organisations were awarded Evaluating Impact Development Funding of £1,000. We expect to gather evaluation reports from all these organisations shortly and will keep you …

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The nature and extent of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland

CFHS has commissioned this research to explore the wider context of food poverty/insecurity in Scotland and to develop an understanding of the current level and nature of this to inform future policy and practice. The study will also look at the experience of particular vulnerable groups – older people, people living in rural and remote …

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Evaluation training opportunity

We are offering community food initiatives the chance to do one day’s free training in evaluation, provided by Evaluation Support Scotland.  The day will be run once in Edinburgh on 20 November 2014 and then once in Glasgow on 12 February 2015.  To book a place, please complete the application form.

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Older people eat well: literature review

In early 2014, CFHS worked with Evaluation Support Scotland to commission a short evidence review of the literature on the ways in which the third sector supports older people to eat well. This has now been published as part of the ESS ‘Stitch in Time’ programme. The starting point for the review was the nested …

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