CFHS commissions research and evaluation in order to:
- build the evidence base on the nature and extent of community food activity in Scotland
- identify the contribution of this work in reducing health inequalities and barriers to healthy and affordable food
- explore new ideas for improving food and health work.
We share our findings with community food initiatives (CFIs), policymakers and key stakeholders to promote learning and improve practice.
We help CFIs build their capacity to self-evaluate by offering learning opportunities, and support them in commissioning their own research and evaluation. We also evaluate our own work and funding initiatives.
Our plan for 2017/18
- To investigate, scope and shape a longitudinal research project into the impact and contribution of community led approaches in addressing food insecurity in low income communities. This will build on learning from community led research on food insecurity carried out previously and learning from NHS Health Scotland’s research and investment in community development.
- Development of a self-evaluation programme for a sample of community cafes.
- Facilitation of a stakeholder event to inform future business planning. The event will include two sessions: an HIIA stakeholder consultation, and consultation about the allocation and best use of CFHS resources.
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